Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

We all know that there are a multitude of festivities in Phoenix to celebrate the 4th of July and our hope is that yours is just right, safe and another great memory-making day.

It's always good to remind our friends and family to take extra precautions to make it a great time for all, so here are a few good tips to keep in mind:

CHILD SAFETY

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as “safe fireworks” for kids. To prevent any firework accidents, here are a few safety tips: 

1) Create a "safety zone," Don't trust your kids to stay away; keep them far back behind a fence or roped-off area.
2) Or, simply have them watch at-home fireworks from inside the house.
3) Sparklers can still burn a child when the wire remains hot after all the sparks are gone. Never leave your child unattended while burning sparklers.
4) The American Academy of Pediatrics urges caution when using sparklers because they burn at 2,000 degrees. That's equal to a blow torch, and you wouldn't let your child play with a blow torch! If your kids are very young you might want to just have them watch this year.
5) Hands off! Don’t ever attempt re-lighting a fizzled firework and don’t let your kids pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully or seem to be dead.

PET SAFETY 

The safest and best bet for celebrating this 4th of July with your pets is to exclude them from 4th of July festivities. The American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters.  

Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations.  

1) Keep them home and inside when you’re gone or celebrating outside.
2) Make sure they're wearing a collar with an ID tag in case they run off when the noise starts.
3) Keep doors and windows shut to minimize anxiety and escape attempts.
4) Provide a safe place for your pet to hide and/or relax.
5) Anxiety can cause excessive thirst so be sure to leave lots of water for your pet.  

Are you thinking about skipping the huge crowds on the 4th of July but still want to see fireworks? Here are some great places to watch them before the big night:

Friday, July 1st:

Ahwatukee’s Red, White and Boom Fireworks Festival at Pecos Park. The fun includes fireworks, live entertainment, food, drinks and patriotic games for a $5 admission price.

Sunday, July 3rd:

Firework Fest at Westgate at Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale. Free admission! Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and relax at Westgate Entertainment District to celebrate with two music stages, fun activities and great eats from more than 20 restaurants. 

Harold's Cave Creek Corral Fireworks in Cave Creek. Free admission or reserved seating available. Festivities include an outside BBQ, face painting, game truck, live music, fireworks at dark. 

Whatever you plan to do to celebrate the 4th of July, we hope you enjoy your time with family and friends - and remember that the 4th of July is truly a day to celebrate this great country that we live in! 

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July from your friends at The Russo Team! 

Frank Russo
The Russo Team
RE/MAX Professionals

www.RussoTeam.com
602-864-1200

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