The 4th of July can be one of the most fun days in the summer. Between cookouts and decking out your house in red, white, and blue, safety often slips our mind. Especially when we see all those stands in parking lots selling fireworks. However, fireworks can be very dangerous. Considering the dry weather the nation has been experiencing, there is an increased risk of brush fire from firework sparks.
Fireworks can be quite dangerous. The safest way to celebrate the 4th is to attend your local or community event (besides then you don’t have all that clean up). However if you do plan to have your own show, make sure you do it right. We’ve compiled a few tips for firework safety that you absolutely need to know:
- Check your local laws before setting off any fireworks – different counties have different limitations for setting off fireworks. Make you check your local laws before you ignite
- Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby – IF you are allowed to set off fireworks, take precautions. It’s important to keep an extinguisher nearby in case things get out of hand. Don’t have an extinguisher? A bucket of water or water hose is better than nothing.
- Fireworks should only be handled by adults
- Read all firework labels before lighting anything – nothing is worse than not reading directions
- Don’t even try to make homemade fireworks – it always ends badly
- After use, wet the used fireworks, and dispose of them in a metal trash can away from structures and combustibles
Fireworks can look pretty, but can also be very dangerous. To really illustrate this point, check out this info-graphic by the NFPA
All of us at AKE Safety Equipment wish you a fun and safe 4th of July!