Make July 4th Fun and Safe with Fireworks Safety
With Independence Day just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to remind folks about fireworks safety, because what you don’t know could have serious, lifetime consequences for you and your family.
Not So Innocent …
Lighting firecrackers, playing with sparklers and launching roman candles in your backyard might all seem innocent enough, but 240 people on average end up in the emergency room in the month before July 4th because of fireworks related injuries, according to the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). Practicing good fireworks safety can be the difference between a memorable family event and a family event spoiled.
Use Fireworks Safety to Prevent a Tragedy
So what can you do to prevent July 4th from turning dangerous?
First, use common sense!
Fireworks are explosive devices and should always be treated as potentially dangerous. Even something as innocent as a sparkler carries a significant risk. Did you know that a sparkler burns at upwards of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit? That’s as hot as a blow torch, yet tens of thousands of unknowing parents hand them over to young children without a second thought. And, when it comes to fireworks, no child is too old for adult supervision!
If that sounds like a recipe for being a “Nervous Nellie,” you should watch the video below to see what can happen when proper fireworks safety measures are not taken.
- Backing up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never trying to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
- Never pointing or throwing fireworks at another person.
- Keeping a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Lighting fireworks one at a time, then moving back quickly.
- Never carrying fireworks in your pocket or shooting them off in metal or glass containers.
- Dousing the spent firework or display, including sparklers, with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire and burns from spent casings.
You should also making sure that fireworks are legal in your area before using them and you should always purchase your fireworks through a reputable, licensed retailer. If you’re in doubt, your local fire or police department will be able to help. They can also advise you on proper fireworks safety.
Safety Starts with Instruction!
All fireworks are not created equal, and there’s a right and a wrong way to use them! To help you enjoy your fireworks safely, we’ve put together a great playlist of videos on our You Tube channel that covers instruction in using popular fireworks. Taking a minute or two to watch them. What you don’t know could really hurt you!
The Last Word …
Fireworks are as much apart of Independence Day as barbeques and parades, but play it smart by playing it safe. Better to end up with great memories of the 4th, than spending it in an emergency room with a horrible injury that could have been prevented.
From all of us at Snyder Insurance and Financial Services, here’s wishing you a safe and fun July 4th!