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By The MNFUIA Team

For most of us, the Fourth of July is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, having fun and creating memories - whether at home or away.  But for some families, the holiday is a nightmare. Homes each year in Minnesota are damaged by wayward fireworks. Thousands of people are injured in accidents.


At Farmers Union Agency, we want your holiday to be happy, but also safe. So here are some tips to help you protect yourself and your property on the Fourth.

Protecting Your Home

  • Remember, fireworks can cause grass fires and other types of blazes as well. Make sure you light fireworks in a safe area, away from homes and buildings, as well as other combustible material. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.
  • Look out for tree limbs or bushes that could catch fire. Trimming vegetation to keep it away from your home is a good idea anyway, but it could save you from a catastrophic fire on the Fourth of July.
  • If your gutters have accumulated leaves, pine needles or other flammable material, clean them before using fireworks near your home.
  • Be considerate of combat veterans and animals in your neighborhood who may be traumatized by loud noises such as fireworks.
  • Finally, if you won’t be home on the holiday, ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your house if others in your neighborhood will be using fireworks.


With some common sense and planning, the Fourth of July can be both safe and enjoyable for everyone. Whether you’re staying at home or heading to the lake, the staff of FUIA - and our Agents - hope you have a wonderful time celebrating our independence!

Thanks to Safeco Insurance for contributing to the content of this blog. 


On This Day in History....

July 1: The Battle of Gettysburg began (1863).

July 2: President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act (1964).

July 3: The Battle of Gettysburg ended (1863).

July 4: Independence Day!

   Continental Cong. adopted Decl. of Independence (1776)

July 5: The bikini was introduced in Paris (1946).

July 6: Althea Gibson won Wimbledon (1957).

July 7: Building of the Hoover Dam began (1930).

July 8: Paris celebrated its 2,000th Birthday (1951).

July 9: Bob Dylan recorded “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1962).

July 10: US patent issued for 3-point seatbelt (1962).

July 11: First Quaker colonists landed in Boston (1656).

July 12: US Army Medal of Honor was created (1862).

July 13: Congress enacted NW Ordinance (787).

July 14: Sedition Act became federal law (1798).

July 15: Ford Motor Co took its first order (1903).

July 16: Atom bomb successfully tested in NM (1945).

July 17: Disneyland opened in CA (1955).

July 18: Emperor Nero’s Rome burned (64).

July 19: Oil tankers collided in Caribbean Sea (1979).

July 20: Neil Armstrong walked on the moon (1969).

July 21: 1st Battle of Bull Run in Civil War began (1861).

July 22: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer captured (1991).

July 23: US women took home gymnastics gold (1996).

July 24: Machu Picchu discovered in Peru (1911).

July 25: World’s 1st Test Tube baby born (1978).

July 26: The US Postal system was established (1775).

July 27: US House began Nixon impeachment (1974).

July 28: The 14th Amendment was adopted (1868).

July 29: NASA was created by Congress (1958).

July 30: President Johnson signed Medicare into law (1965).

July 31: Jimmy Hoffa disappeared (1975).



Historical dates are excerpted from History.com.

Why would anyone want to be outside on such a sweltering summer day, Edna wonders.
She and Marty are content to sit inside with some ice cream. 

Published on November 12, 2014, and used by permission of Safeco Insurance.


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