When I think of the fourth of July, I think of fireworks. Yes, I realize that we are celebrating the birth of American independence, but ever since I was a child, I have always associated this holiday with those beautiful colors that light up the night sky.
Even at 34 weeks pregnant a few years back, I made my husband take me out in what seemed like 100 degree Florida heat to gather around Lake Eola here in downtown Orlando to see the spectacular fireworks show. Now that we have our little man, we have continued the tradition of returning to see this show each year. I truly love seeing my son’s eyes light up as he watches what he believe to be magic!
Whether you are like our family & choose to go to public fireworks events, or you like to do them at your home, please always remember to be safe! While fireworks are fun, we must not forget that they are dangerous. Only adults should handle them, and children & pets should be closely supervised while around them. Children like to do sparklers, and admittedly, we let our almost 4 year old do his 1st sparkler this past weekend. We made sure we stood right next to him & he held it far away from his body, but I will tell you that this momma was still a tad bit nervous. If you are not comfortable with it, don’t do it. Simple as that. Little arms are short, and sparklers can heat up to a staggering 1,200 degrees. A great alternative to sparklers is glow sticks! I know my little one LOVES them & never turns one down.
Here are my TOP 10 Tips for Fireworks Safety this July 4th:
1. Obey all laws regarding the use of fireworks.
2. Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
3. Point fireworks away from your body, other people, homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances.
4. Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and never relight a dud.
5. Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.
6. Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
7. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
8. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
9. Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
10. Never try to make your own fireworks.
Did you know there is a National Council on Fireworks Safety? Many of my tips were taken from the recommendations on their website — www.fireworkssafety.org
I hope you & your family have a happy & SAFE Independence Day holiday! My family will be putting my tips to good use, as we will be both doing our own fireworks (on a small scale) for the 1st time this year and going to our favorite public outing. What are your plans? Do you have any other tips that you would add to keep the holiday safe & fun?