The 4th of July holiday is right around the corner and this year, the COVID-19 pandemic with its home isolating has affected everything from grocery shopping to public events and celebrations, causing most of us to modify our plans.

Though you might be able to go out to celebrate in certain ways depending on how your community is currently handling social distancing, a cozier celebration at home might be a better option.

If you do choose to celebrate the 4th at home, consider these recommendations from homeowners insurance agencies across the country on how to have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday!

Celebrate In Public - At A Distance

If your community allows it, you can still spend your 4th with friends and family at a cookout or watching fireworks as long as you continue to take social distancing into consideration.

Just as some towns have allowed restaurants and other public places to open again as long as they limit the number of patrons, you can do the same with your private group.

When it’s time to watch fireworks, plan ahead by locating where your community will be shooting them off and scouting out a safe place to see the show.

Bring masks and hand sanitizer, then find an area a distance away from other groups - are there any scenic lookouts in your area that you can watch from?

That’s another option for safely taking part in the festivities.

Celebrate at Home

All things considered, staying at home this year might be the better idea.

In doing so, you have control over who comes to your home to celebrate the holiday with you, which may be safer than being out in public with so many others.

You should still practice masking and good hygiene and by limiting the guest list to friends and family who are already in your immediate circle, chances of exposure go down.

COVID-19 is not the only concern when hosting a small party at home; do pay attention to other safety issues and anything that could result in an accident and a call to your homeowners insurance agency.

Keep the yard clean and safe, monitor pets and kids, and if there’s a pool, carefully monitor that as well.

Keep Things Clean

Celebrating at home, keep masks and hand sanitizer available for everyone and follow hygienic food handling procedures.

Keep the food cold until use, separate raw and cooked foods, and make sure all meat is properly cooked before serving.

These simple steps could prevent food borne illnesses due to bacteria.

Be Careful With the Fireworks

If it’s legal where you live and you plan on setting off fireworks, it’s essential that you do it the right way to prevent injuries, damage, and the need to call about insurance services

Buy fireworks intended for personal use and only set them off in a large, open area away from buildings, trees, and anything else that could result in a damaging fire.

Keep kids and pets away, only set off one at a time, don’t toss fireworks, and keep a bucket of water close by just in case.

If it’s the kids you want to please, sparklers are a great idea too.

Celebrate the 4th of July with Care - But Do Celebrate!

Though we are living through unprecedented times right now with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s great to know that we can still enjoy the simple things in life like a family celebration.

Whether you choose to celebrate publicly while social distancing or at your home with an inner circle of family and friends, practice good personal hygiene and wear masks when appropriate to prevent illness.

As recommended by your insurance company, pay attention to home safety and everyone will have an enjoyable, injury-free holiday!

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