The Fourth of July is intended to be a day of celebration of our independence.
If you have children or grandchildren that are excited about the celebration to use fireworks, it is time to start educating them on the importance of safely using fireworks.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on average, 280 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
The majority of injuries are burns.
Before purchasing fireworks, check your area and make sure that fireworks are legally allowed. Many areas are under a burn ban and as such, fireworks could become even more hazardous.
Keep a three-foot perimeter around the fireworks and DO NOT ALLOW children to be too close.
Have plenty of water available to douse used fireworks to ensure that they are completely out.
Never jokingly throw fireworks at another person.
A lot of burns that occur from fireworks happen when a firework does not immediately light off, and you try re-lighting the same firework.
Always keep a safe distance. Do not EVER have fireworks in your pockets. Stay tuned for our next article “We used to have spark and sizzle!”, scheduled for publication in early July!
An adult should always be present and in control of any fireworks. They are not toys. Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
Please remember your pets. Leave them at home if you are going to watch fireworks. Try to create a safe environment with music or television where the sound of fireworks will not further frighten your animals.
This is the perfect time of year to check your fire extinguishers. Too many times, extinguishers are allowed to expire and will not perform during an emergency.
Whether by the grill or your own fireworks, keep your WORKING extinguisher handy! We hope your celebration is wonderful, filled with fun, food, and family.
Pay attention to your surroundings and possible safety issues. Check your supply of sunscreen, bottled water, and insect repellent.
If you or a loved one have any severe allergies, do not leave home without your EpiPen. Picnics are a notorious time for children to have allergic reactions to something they eat.
Drink in moderation, hydrate and ALWAYS DESIGNATE A DRIVER!
Have a safe holiday!