Use caution handling fireworks this Independence Day!
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year and cause an average of $43 million in property damages. Make sure your Fourth of July is both fun and safe with these firework safety tips!
- Homemade fireworks are illegal, so never try to make your own.
- Sparklers are not safe for small children to use, they burn very hot (hot enough to melt some types of metals) and can set clothes on fire.
- Make sure fireworks are ignited in a clearing without nearby structures, power lines, homes, bushes and dry leaves.
- Have a bucket of water and a hose nearby when setting off fireworks in case there is an accident.
- Pets should be kept securely indoors to keep them from running away or getting injured if the loud noises spook them.
- Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
- Never shoot fireworks off from inside a container.
- Never hold fireworks in your hand when lighting them.
- Never put any part of your body over fireworks when you ignite them.
- Do not try to relight a firework.
- Do not carry fireworks in pockets.
- Soak all fireworks before throwing them away.
- Remember, fireworks are not legal everywhere. Check your local ordinances first.
Be safe and smart this Fourth of July and Enjoy your holiday!