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Tuesday, Jul 23, 2024

Fourth of July Firework Safety

The Fourth of the July is a classic American holiday often filled with barbeques, swimming, and most notably, fireworks. Meant to celebrate the anniversary of America’s independence, fireworks are a beautiful sight to behold boasting bright colors and captivating bursts. Because of how prevalent the use of pyrotechnics is during this holiday, here are some tips to make sure fireworks are being using safely, but, first be sure fireworks are allowed in the city/county where you live!  Many jurisdictions have community fireworks that are absolutely spectacular.

Use fireworks responsibly. Lighting fireworks should be done by an adult a safe distance from any vehicles, structures, people, animals, trees, or other flammable materials. Fireworks should be pointed upwards to the sky.

Keep a water supply nearby. Keeping a large bucket or tub of water outside with you while you are lighting fireworks is a good precaution in the event that sparks fly and catch fire on something in the vicinity. They are also a safe way for disposing of sparklers and firework remnants. Wet fireworks can’t light!

Wear eye protection. Goggles or other protective eyewear not only safeguard you from debris or small projectiles, they also keep you safe from the ash and gas produced from the firework.

Never attempt to relight a dud. A dud could still be dangerous despite the fact that it did not go off. Duds should be disposed of safely such as dousing it with water before retrieving it.

Celebrating American Independence is always a fun day and can lead to lasting memories with your family and community. If these tips are used, everyone is sure to have a blast!

Source: The American Red Cross