The 4th of July is a time of celebration. Undoubtedly you may have fireworks at your 4th of July party. Adults should be in charge of any type of fireworks display. In order for you to enjoy the days’ festivities, the National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends the following:
* Always read and follow label directions
* Always have an adult present
* Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers
* Only ignite fireworks outdoors
* Be sure to have water handy
* Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
* Light only one at a time
* Never reignite malfunctioning fireworks
* Never give fireworks to small children
* Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
* Dispose of fireworks properly
* Never throw fireworks at another person
* Never carry fireworks in your pocket
* Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
In addition, use fireworks and sparklers only outdoors. Only persons over 12 years of age should handle sparklers of any type. Too many young people get burned by sparklers every year. By keeping sparkers out of the hands of children, injury can be reduced. Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you are, don’t use them. If drought conditions mean a ban on fireworks, follow the law. Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them. Fireworks and alcohol do not mix.
When all else fails, use common sense. Respect fireworks and sparklers as the great American tradition they are, but also respect the fact that they must be used with caution. Please treat fireworks with respect, read all of the cautions and warnings and use and abide by them. Lighting fireworks indoors, throwing them from automobiles, and lighting multiple devices at the same time can lead to accidents, and are not how fireworks are intended to be used.
While the kids look forward to the magical display of fireworks, it is important to ensure they are no where near them when set off. Make this a safe holiday by following your local and state regulations. Have a Happy 4th!