Lighting off backyard fireworks this 4th of July? Did you know ages 5-19 years are at the highest risk of injury? Make sure it’s a safe celebration for your family by following these firework safety tips.
- Fireworks are only for adults.
- Fireworks and alcohol do not mix.
- Do not hand fireworks to children. Sparklers burn at 1200 degrees F., that’s hotter than melting glass.
- Keep children under constant supervision during celebrations.
- Wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks.
- Only light one firework at a time and quickly leave the area.
- Close windows and doors so shooting fireworks don’t shoot inside the house.
- Be prepared for fires with a bucket of water and a charged hose.
- If clothing catches fire… Stop! Drop! And Roll!
- If you get burned, immediately cool the burn with running water.
- Be extra cautious near dry, dead grasses and landscapes.
- Do not attempt to relight a “dud.” Wet it down and move on to the next one.
- Dispose of all used fireworks by wetting them down and placing in a metal container separate from combustibles and away from the building until the next day.
- Remember pets may be frightened and run away, ensure they are wearing a tag and in a secure location.
Happy 4th of July! Keep it safe to make it memorable and fun!
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