Wishing You Safety and Happiness this
Independence Day

In June of 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies, then fighting in the revolutionary struggle, weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later (on July 4th, 1776) its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence.

So, if adopting the Declaration of Independence is truly what the Fourth of July is all about, let’s take a moment to reflect on its purpose:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Politics aside, the Declaration of Independence shows that our Founding Fathers held safety and happiness as their highest priorities. Their drive to be safe and happy is what led them to take action. At Integrated Fire Protection, safety is also our highest priority and it is what drives us to be the best we can be every day. This year, we urge you to take action to makes sure your Fourth of July holiday weekend is as safe and happy as it can be. To take full advantage of the safety and happiness our Founding Fathers afforded us, please take a moment to read these simple fireworks safety tips:

Be Prepared, before you light fireworks:
• Use legal fireworks, available at licensed outlets.
• Store fireworks out of children’s reach.
• Keep pets safe indoors.
• Always keep water handy.

Be Safe, when lighting fireworks:
• Only adults should light fireworks.
• Only use outdoors.
• Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand.
• Protect your eyes.
• Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
• Never relight a “dud.”

Be Responsible after you finish:
• Soak used fireworks in water.
• Be considerate–clean up used fireworks.
• Keep matches and lighters away from children.