Have a Safe & Happy 4th of July: Tips & Tricks
If you live somewhere that allows individuals to use fireworks, proceed with caution and use common sense. The National Safety Council offers a number of safety precautions, but here’s some common sense advice.
- Use fireworks as they were intended to be used and make sure to follow all of the directions.
- Don’t combine or alter fireworks for greater effect
- Never use homemade fireworks.
- When lighting fireworks, always have water handy. A bucket of water will suffice, but a hose is your best bet.
- Spectators should remain a safe distance from the fireworks being lit.
- Whoever lights the fireworks must be sober, wear safety glasses, and keep clothing well away from the flame when lighting.
- Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface, away from all flammable materials including dry leaves and paper.
- Never try to relight fireworks that appear to be duds. Wait up to 20 minutes for a possible delayed ignition. Then if nothing happens, soak the firework in a bucket of water and dispose of it.
- Dispose of all firework materials by soaking them in water before putting them in the trash.
- Keep sparklers away from clothing and other flammable materials.
Most animals are frightened by fireworks. Pets that feel scared may react by running away from home, defecating indoors, or otherwise destroying property. Protect your pets on the fourth of July by taking some basic precautions.
- Don’t take your pets to fireworks displays.
- Don’t leave your pets in a car by themselves.
- Don’t leave your pets unattended outside.
- During public fireworks displays, keep your pets in a safe place indoors where they won’t be able to destroy anything, like their kennel or a laundry room.
- If your home isn’t soundproof, leave the television or radio on so your pets won’t hear the fireworks.
- Consult your veterinarian ahead of the holiday if your pets have a tendency to overreact to loud noises.
Additional Safety Precautions to Keep in Mind…
Fireworks are usually the first thing most people think of when it comes to the Fourth of July, but there are other aspects to the holiday that merit precautions. Most summer season safetymeasures are worth bearing in mind on Independence Day. Depending on which specific activities comprise your festivities, the following are possible concerns.
• During daylight hours, you’ll want to protect yourself from excess exposure to the sun. Wear sunscreen and a hat.
• Heatstroke and dehydration are other daylight concerns to keep in mind. Be sure to drink plenty of water and seek out shady areas if you feel overheated.
• If you host or attend a barbecue, beware of possible fire hazards and outdoor food spoilage.
• Depending on your location, you may need to wear insect repellent and be alert for bees or wasps.
• Use good judgment when going swimming or boating. Be alert to water conditions, such as water depth and ocean currents. Make sure novice swimmers use flotation devices and children have chaperones.
• Wear protective gear for bicycling and other sports.