Fourth of July

June 30, 2017
Independence Day
Independence Day

Fourth of July is just around the corner, which means that barbecues, swimming and fireworks abound! It's natural for the Fourth of July, family, friends and fireworks to go together, just like apple pie and ice cream. However, what we don't plan for is for a special gathering to turn into an awful experience. This Fourth of July, consider these safety tips to keep your family safe and your Fourth of July unforgettable!

Leave it to the Professionals

  • If you plan on using fireworks, make sure they are legal in the area you plan to use them
  • Attend public firework displays for an awesome experience
  • When in doubt, leave the lighting to the professionals

If you do live in an area where fireworks are allowed, or you plan on using sparklers or fireworks commonly known as 'trick' or novelty fireworks,' here are some additional tips to follow:

Sparkler Safety

  • Did you know that sparklers can heat up to 1200 degrees or higher? At that heat, you could melt glass. Instead of handing over these hot sticks to little ones, give them glow sticks that will last throughout the evening and keep them from burning their little hands and arms
  • Supervise children at all times and around fireworks and sparklers
  • The National Council on Fireworks suggests that no child under the age of 12 should handle sparklers

Take Necessary Precautions

  • Use fireworks in a safe area away from dry fields or dry grass, woods or buildings. Always remember to point them away from homes, flammable substances, and people
  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • Never re-light a 'dud.' Wait 20 minutes and then put it in a bucket of water
  • Light fireworks one at a time and then move quickly back

Accident and Injury Preparedness

  • Keep all spectators at a safe distance
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks
  • Keep a bucket of water and a hose handy
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and be sure to know how to properly use it
  • As with any injury, be it great or small, immediately go to a doctor or hospital for medical attention and further consultation

Be safe and have a Happy Fourth of July!