Independence Day is tomorrow – and while celebrating our nation’s independence, most of us will likely be grilling out, celebrating with our family, and shooting fireworks. But with an average of 250 people going to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday, please be sure to safely partake in fireworks activities.
- Obey all laws regarding fireworks.
- Never give fireworks to children.
- Sparklers should be supervised by an adult at all times.
- Don’t drink alcohol and shoot fireworks.
- Wear safety glasses.
- Shoot fireworks outdoors only.
- Bring all your pets inside.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down, then placing them in a metal trash can away from buildings and combustible materials.
- Do not try to re-light fireworks.
- Light one at a time, then move away quickly.
- Have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot them off in glass or metal containers.
- The National Fire Protection Association is opposed to consumer fireworks for a variety of reasons, and suggests going to a public show put on by experts. (For more information click here.)
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