The fourth of July is a nationwide holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence of America in 1776. It is a day filled with festivities, parades, BBQ’s, picnics, concerts, baseball games, and more. As the fourth of July activities commence, you are bound to hear fireworks going off around the neighborhood. Before you participate in any fireworks activities, here are a few safety precautions from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.
- 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.
Following the proper instructions for fireworks can ensure a fun night without unnecessary injuries!
Have a happy Fourth of July!