The Fourth and Fireworks - How to Celebrate our Independence Safely
We’ve been lighting up the skies on the Fourth of July for over 200 years, as families all across the nation celebrate our country’s independence. From elaborate and patriotic displays at our nation’s capital to children joyously waving sparklers during backyard barbecues, fireworks are a common staple of summer, especially on Independence Day.
As we head into the Fourth of July celebrations with friends and family, we should also keep safety in mind so everyone can enjoy all the festivities that come with this special national holiday.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you’re planning to include fireworks in your celebration:
- Before you purchase, first make sure consumer fireworks are legal where you live. To do that, check out this link that offers the state laws and regulations applicable in your state. And even if fireworks are legal to use in your state, there may be age restrictions and other types of restrictions.
- We all love to watch the kiddos play with sparklers, but just remember they can be a fire hazard – sparklers can burn at temperatures up to 2,000 degrees! So closely supervise children at all times by keeping them stationary while they hold the sparklers away from their bodies and clothing.
- No matter who uses fireworks, safety always comes first! Always wear eye protection and light fireworks outside and away from homes, vehicles, grills, and any areas that have trees or leaves/debris on the ground. And make sure onlookers and pets stay a safe distance away from the fireworks.
- If you’re lighting fireworks on the ground, don’t lean over the fireworks while lighting them, and immediately move away from the fireworks once lit. Keep a fire extinguisher and a bucket of water close by so you can extinguish the fireworks and soak them before properly discarding.
- Whether you purchase fireworks in January or you’re saving them for future use, always properly store fireworks and read and follow label directions for any special storage precautions. A good rule of thumb is to keep them in a cool, dry location.
It’s always best to let the professionals handle fireworks, but if you choose to light fireworks outside, keep the tips above handy to avoid injuries. You can learn more about fireworks safety by visiting the National Fire Prevention Association. Learn more about keeping your home protected by contacting your local Rockingham Insurance agent today.