Firework Safety Tips For Fourth of July

In the United States, the Fourth of July is widely celebrated with a barbecue, fireworks, pool parties and more. While all of these things are fun, they can also be dangerous. Whether you celebrate in your backyard or in a public place, here are a few tips to keep your holiday safe:

Firework Safety

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks
  • Never use fireworks indoors
  • Don’t allow children to handle or use fireworks; adults should supervise all firework activities
  • Don’t drink alcohol while handling fireworks
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Always have water ready to douse a fire
  • Know your fireworks and read caution labels before igniting
  • Wear safety glasses when using fireworks
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can
  • Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives

Water Safety

  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings
  • Keep a watchful eye on everyone in the water
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Have a throwable flotation device readily available
  • Don’t drink alcohol while swimming
  • Put young children or inexperienced swimmers in a Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • Walk carefully into open waters
  • Do not dive headfirst
  • Keep track of the local weather and pay attention to any warning signs or flags
  • Beware of aquatic life

Grilling Safety

  • Keep children and pets away from grilling area
  • Only use the grill outside
  • Keep your grill clean by removing all grease and fat buildup
  • Make sure grill is a fair distance from your home and deck railings and clear of eaves and overhanging branches
  • Use long-handled tools made specifically for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited
  • Always follow manufacturer’s instructions when using a grill

The National Council on Fireworks Safety encourages consumers to know their fireworks. Nancy Blogin, President of the National Council on Fireworks Safety says, “Consumers should be aware of where their fireworks come from; only buy from licensed stores, stands, and tents.” Nancy also says, “A designated shooter should prepare a shooting area, carefully read the label of each firework and understand exactly what the firework will do and refrain from consuming alcohol. Planning makes for a safe and fun backyard fireworks display.”

Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths by working with a national, state or local organization where you live to promote fireworks safety in your community.

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