Whether you are like our family & choose to stay home for fireworks, or if your family goes to public fireworks events, please remember to be safe! While fireworks are fun, we must keep in mind that they are dangerous. Only adults should handle them, and children and pets should be closely supervised while around them.
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 our tips were taken from the recommendations on their website — www.fireworkssafety.org
We hope you & your family have a happy & SAFE Independence Day holiday! Our families will be putting these tips to good use, as we will be both doing our own fireworks (on a small scale) 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?
Originally posted by Heather July 2019, modified 2021