Put a Safe Spark in Your July 4th Celebration

FireworksFireworks are a staple of America’s Independence Day. Unfortunately, while fireworks can produce a nice visual, they can also present safety hazards.

According to the National Council on Fireworks Safety, between 7,000 and 11,000 people are injured in fireworks-related accidents each year. In addition to physical injuries, more than $36 million in property damage is reported annually. Many of these accidents can be prevented.

Carelessness and misuse of fireworks are the most common causes of injuries and accidents. Here are some tips that will help ensure a safe and happy Fourth of July celebration:

  • Most municipalities ban discharge of fireworks within city limits.  Avoid an unplanned discussion with law enforcement by checking on the restrictions in your area.
  • Only buy fireworks from licensed retail outlets.
  • Never experiment with homemade or altered fireworks.
  • Carefully read and follow all of the directions on the package.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors, away from buildings and dry grass, and on a flat surface.
  • Keep wet towels, a water hose, a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Light one firework at a time, and then move away quickly.
  • Never shoot fireworks from a glass or metal container.
  • Never point roman candles, bottle rockets or other shooting fireworks at people or animals.
  • Do not hold lit fireworks.
  • Never position any body part over lit fireworks. 
  • Never point or throw fireworks at animals or people.
  • Always have emergency contact information available and an emergency plan in place.
  • Do not try to reignite malfunctioned fireworks.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as gloves and goggles. 
  • Keep spectators and pets a safe distance away.
  • Don’t overestimate a child’s ability to handle fireworks. Always make sure there is adult supervision.

In Texas, high temperatures and dry conditions create another concern for fireworks users. It’s important to know if there is a fire danger in the area before planning a fireworks spectacle.

There are plenty of resources to find out what condition county and city grounds are in or if there is a burn ban in the area. Watch the local news, visit the city website, or call the local police department or city office for information.

The most important safety tip is to use common sense when lighting fireworks. Follow safety procedures, and closely monitor children. Better yet, leave the fireworks to the professionals.

Many communities host events that provide large-scale fireworks shows in a controlled environment.

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One Response to Put a Safe Spark in Your July 4th Celebration

  1. Very helpful Tips! Thank you and Happy 4th!

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