We want YOU to have a fun and SAFE July 4th Holiday! Since more fires are reported on July 4th than any other day of the year in the United States and nearly half of those fires are caused by fireworks, here are some tips to consider to help make sure you and your family and friends can enjoy the holiday and fireworks.
#1. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
If you are planning to have your own personal fireworks display at your home, PLEASE read this and be especially careful!
Tips for a safe July 4th with Fireworks
Don’t assume you know how to use the fireworks. Read the directions and warning labels. If they do not have any, do not use them.
Consider your pets when planning to shoot off fireworks. If you have a pet that may chase a fast moving target, or a pet that will be frightened, put them in the house to keep safe until the display is over.
Don’t drink alcohol and light fireworks.
Don’t let children light fireworks unless under supervision. Boys between the ages of 10-14 are injured more than any other age and gender group.
Don’t light fireworks indoors.
Don’t light fireworks on or near dry grass.
Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher handy.
Wear safety goggles when lighting fireworks.
No matter how careful you are, BAD things can and do happen. Consider the risks involved and decide if it’s really worth it. My husband used to LOVE setting off fireworks, until an accident at our friends brand new lake home, where the canister tipped over and shot the fireworks towards the house, instead of out onto the lake. Kids went running and one girl broke her toe in the chaos. My husband has NEVER used fireworks since then.
As a public service, please leave comments below on what “BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN’ when lighting off fireworks at home, instead of going to a professional display!