Staying Safe this 4th of July
Summer has finally arrived! That means BBQ's, long days floating in pools or lakes, spending time with family, and most excitingly FIREWORKS!!
As exciting as fireworks can be, it is very important to be sure to follow simple safety tips to avoid the risk of fire. Check out these firework safety tips brought to you by the National Council on Firework 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 ALWAYS 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.
- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
Be sure to always check with your local fire department on the air quality levels to avoid the risk of fires
As long as you follow safety tips, you are guaranteed to have a fun and exciting firework show to enjoy with friends and family!