Shepherd Says Safety First – Fourth of July Firework Safety Tips
If there are three things to expect from the 4th of July, its flag printed clothing, dad on the grill and an assortment of highflying, flashy fireworks. While it is exciting setting off your assortment of fireworks, it can also be very dangerous. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 10,000 injuries were treated due to accidents involving fireworks.
Unfortunately, many people do not realize just how dangerous fireworks and sparklers can be—which is a primary reason that injuries occur. Fireworks can not only injure the users, but can also affect bystanders.
Bottle rockets and firecrackers can fly in any direction and may explode on or near someone instead of up in the air. Sparklers are also a huge risk, as they burn at very high temperatures and are often given to children too young to use them safely. All fireworks pose potential risks of burn, blindness and other injury.
Tips for Safe Use
When using fireworks, always plan carefully in advance for who will shoot them and what safety precautions you will have in place. To ensure a safe and fun holiday, be sure to remember these tips before celebrating our independence!
- Be sure to follow the instructions for each firework before using it.
- Only use fireworks and sparklers outdoors.
- Ensure spectators are a safe distance away.
- Don’t allow small children to light fireworks or use sparklers.
- Do not try and relight “duds” or fireworks that did not ignite.
- Ensure there is a working water source nearby. (ex. Water hose, bucket)
- Point all fireworks away from people, houses and power lines.
- Do not shoot fireworks off if under the influence of alcohol.
- Show children how to properly hold sparklers, how to stay far enough away from other children and what not to do (throw, run or fight with sparkler in hand)—but supervise closely, regardless.
- Soak all used fireworks and the area utilized for the fireworks when finished.
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them from metal or glass containers.
Don’t forget about your pets!
While we all love the 4th of July, some of our pets may not feel the same way. The loud noises can frighten or stress your family pets. Here are some tips to help settle your pets.
- Allow pets to use the bathroom outdoors before beginning fireworks.
- Keep pets indoors away from loud noises in a comfortable place.
So, before you crank up The Star-Spangled Banner and watch fireworks in your favorite lawn chair, be sure to follow these tips to ensure the safest and most fun Independence Day possible!