Keep Your Neighborhood Safe on the Fourth of July

table set up for Fourth of July neighborhood celebration

The Fourth of July is a great summer holiday. However, it’s also one of the times of the year when people and property are most likely to experience damage. It’s easy for things to get out of hand, especially when alcohol and fireworks are involved.

As a leader in your community, you can help make sure that everyone in your neighborhood is safe. Here are a few things that HOA boards can do to help everyone have a safe and happy fourth.

Know Local Restrictions

Make sure you are familiar with any local restrictions that pertain to the Fourth of July. Many cities and municipal areas have restrictions on the types of fireworks that can be set off, when they can be set off, and where they can safely be used.

Familiarize yourself with these in case people in the neighborhood ask you about them, or in case you need to bring in authorities when people persistently violate them.

Remind People of Safety Precautions

Remind the residents in your area of safety precautions. For instance, people who are shooting off fireworks should aim them away from homes (especially from homes that are not their own) and should keep water around in case of a fire. They should also refrain from shooting off fireworks when they are under the influence of alcohol.

Reminding people of these basic precautions could help keep both people and property safe in your area.

Plan a Community Event

If you plan a community event, people might come and individual events may be less likely to get out of hand. You can plan something as basic as a BBQ at dinnertime in a location where you can view a local fireworks show. Or, you can plan an all-day event.

Start with a bike parade for kids in the morning. Have some food trucks and a local band around for lunch. Direct everyone to the pool in the afternoon, then take in a fireworks show later on. Giving people something to do may help prevent accidents.

Direct People to Local Fireworks Shows

If you want to discourage people from shooting off fireworks in your neighborhood, let them know where they can go locally to see the best shows. You may even want to send out an email or make a flier and deliver it to all of the homes in your area. When people know where they can go to have a good time, some will be less likely to create their own show at home.

Get Help From A Community Management Company

If you need some help making things safe and fun in your neighborhood this Fourth of July, contact us at AMI. Our team of experts can help you understand local rules, communicate to your neighbors, plan an event, and more. We’ll work with you to help you keep your neighborhood secure this summer, no matter what comes your way. Get our community management team on your side this Fourth and stop worrying about what might happen.

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