Ahhh…summertime. There really is nothing better than warm (even hot and sticky) weather, barbeques, enjoying time outdoors, kids playing in the pool, and so much more. One of America’s favorite dates to celebrate is Fourth of July and with the enjoyment of the holiday can come some dangers as well, mainly with fireworks. We have come up with a list of what to do and not to do when it comes to fireworks this week. Please read carefully and share with your loved ones.
1) The best way to prevent injuries from fireworks is to never set off fireworks from your home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays that are lit off by professionals. Enough said.
2) In many areas, it’s not legal to set off fireworks in residential areas…please check with your local police station to confirm this for your area.
3) NEVER try to build your own fireworks. That is a recipe for disaster!
4) Don’t ever let your children play with fireworks. It takes one second for them to be used incorrectly and can cause severe injury to the face, eyes, hands, or body – and can harm others nearby as well. Even sparklers are considered dangerous. If your child will be using sparklers this weekend, make sure a responsible adult is there to make sure they’re being used safely. Sparklers can reach high heat – up to 1,800°F – hot enough to melt gold!!! YIKES! Keep sparklers away from hair, clothes, and faces.
5) If you’re going to use fireworks at home, make sure to have a big bucket of cold water and a hose nearby in case a fire starts or to treat injuries. Safety first!
6) If setting off your own fireworks, be a safe distance away from other people as fireworks can often set off in the wrong direction – right towards innocent spectators.
7) The National Fire Protection Association estimated that more than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks each year so avoid setting off fireworks near homes or areas thick with trees and bushes.
8) Don’t let your child pick up leftover fragments of fireworks after a fireworks show. Some may still be ignited and can explode in their hands.
9) Place all fireworks set off in a water bucket after use before disposing in the trash can so they don’t accidentally go off or start a fire in the trash can.
As you can see, fireworks can be very dangerous on such a joy-filled and fun American holiday such as Fourth of July! It is VERY important to follow the above precautions to avoid any harm. Safety first and the fun will follow! Have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend with your friends and family!