Are you going all-out this Fourth of July, or keeping it simple with a few fireworks in the backyard? Celebrate the safe way this Independence Day with the simple fireworks safety tips!
Did You Know?
The Fourth of July is the deadliest holiday weekend. You read that right. In 2016, 7,600 hospitalized firework-related accidents occurred around the holiday time. Further, children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 31% of the estimated accidents. Most injuries occurred on the fingers, head, face, ears, legs, and eyes.
How to Stay Safe.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety provides a comprehensive list of simple ways to prevent and protect yourself and those around you from firework related incidents. Let’s take a look.
Recommended Safety Tips.
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
And let’s not forget the safety of our pets!
- Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
- If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
- Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
- Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.
If you would like to see the original article written by the National Council on Fireworks Safety or learn more about fireworks safety tips, please click here.
Happy Fourth of July!
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