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How-To: Keep Your Household Safe and Sane on the Fourth

While the Fourth of July can offer a lot of fun with friends and family, there are also some obvious hazards, from barbecue burns to out-of-control sparklers. There are many ways to keep your house, and your loved ones, safe on the Fourth, with a little common sense and prep work. Here are my suggestions:

  • Keep a fire extinguisher close by. If you're using a barbecue or a fire pit, chances are good that you may need to use it.
  • Make sure you have a Summer first aid kit on hand, especially if you're outside or in the sun.

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  • If you or your kids are using sparklers or firecrackers, a burn kit is a must have!
  • Is your dog afraid of fireworks? Check out PetSugar's advice for mellowing your pooch out.
  • If you're hosting party guests, stock your bathroom with extra toilet paper, soap, sunscreen, and hand towels.
  • Stop stains before they can set in on your favorite picnic tablecloth or blanket. Find out how to treat red wine and grease stains, and avoid sullying your linens!
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