Independence Day is just around the corner and it’s time for family gatherings, bar-b-ques and of course, fireworks! We want you to have the best time ever by just pointing out some simply safety tips!
Purchasing Fireworks. Safe and Sane only. Buy only from a licensed dealer. If it does not have a label, it may be illegal.
Always check with your laws in your state and city to see what is allowable.
Sometimes the best night of fireworks is watching the professionals. Check to see what cities will be hosting a fireworks display. Bring along a lawn chair and some food and beverage and enjoy the nights sky.
Let’s think about the children.
Did you realize that a sparkler can burn at temperatures of 2,000 degrees? No joke, these can really do some damage to a child. Only an adult should be lighting any firework. Do not give a lighter to a young child. Supervision is absolutely necessary. If they must hold a sparkler, a pair of safety glasses is recommended and teach them to hold it at the end and as far out in front of them as possible to avoid getting burned. Teach them not to throw them but to place them into a bucket of water. Watch them closely, put down the cell phone!
We want to make sure you protect yourself and others from injury, so use these tips:
- Keep a large container of water or a hose close-by for firework disposal.
- Wear safety glasses – typical eye injuries from fireworks are eye burns, scratches on cornea, ruptured eyeball and detached retinas.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. Don’t even approach them right away. We want you to keep your hands free of injury.
- Always light fireworks one at a time and keep your distance.
- Adults should always do the lighting of a firework, not children.
- Think logically folks. Do not put any fireworks inside a container (bottle, can, etc.) of any kind!
- And please, if you have been partaking in a bit “too much party”, let a clear-headed person light the fireworks. Save that fifth for after the fourth!
And let’s give some thought to our furry 4-legged friends!
- Keep them inside – not in the yard or to sit and watch with the family. Many of your pets will easily be scared by the loud noise and bright lights and could run away!
- Animal control officials across the country report a 30% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th. July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters. More Pets Lost on July 4th than any other time of the year Sadly, only 14% of lost pets are returned to their owners, according to nationwide statistics. And worse, 30-60% of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owners. ¹
- Make them feel safe and comfortable. Give them a favorite bed, blanket or toy.
- Secure the windows and doors to minimize sound.
Turn on the TV or play music to drown out the sound of the fireworks.
- And lastly, make sure your pet has a securely fitted collar with tags and perhaps think of having them microchipped if possible.