It’s the 4th of July weekend! the Main event of summer and American traditions! What’s more American than Cookouts and Fireworks?
I know each one of you are aware the best way to protect your self and your family while enjoying fireworks is to let the professionals handle them. With that being said there are thousands of families who have already purchased and plan to set off their own firework show. So here are some tips to help keep your self, family and friends all safe while still having a good time.
~ Make sure the fireworks are LEGAL in the area you plan to set them off~ There’s not much worse than the police showing up to break up your cookout.
-FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
-Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
~Be extra Careful with Sparklers~ Sparklers are hot enough to fry an egg and can reach temperatures high enough to melt glass.
-Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person. Give them an unlit sparkler and then light it. If a child is holding the sparkler, have an adult light it. Only light one sparkler at a time.
-Those using sparklers should stand at least six feet away from each other. Never use a sparkler when siting down or holding a child.
-Be aware that sparks can ignite clothing, so avoid wearing loose-fitting clothes that could catch fire. Closed-toed shoes help prevent foot burns.
-The sparkler wire stays hot long after the flame has burned out. so drop the used sparklers directly in a bucket of water.
– This goes without saying but I will add it anyway, CLOSELY SUPERVISE CHILDREN AROUND ALL FIREWORKS!
~Take Necessary Precautions~
-Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
-Do not wear loose-fitting clothing while using fireworks.
-Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
-Light fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances.
-Spectators should be 25 feet or more away from the from you if you are lighting fountains and 100 yards or so away if you’re shooting rockets into the air.
-Position the fireworks so they’re downwind of spectators. The wind should blow the smoke, sparks, and any debris away from your friends and family.
-Alcohol and fireworks do not mix! Save your alcohol for after the show.
-Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
-Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
-Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
-DO NOT experiment with homemade fireworks!
~Be Prepared for an Accident or Injury~
-Light one firework at a time and quickly move away.Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Wait 20 minutes and put it out with water and dispose of it.
-Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
–Prepare A First-Aid Kit; Sterile saline solution is great for leaning debris out of wounds.Cling wrap or similar can be used to protect burns while you transport a person to the ER or wait for an ambulance. Second skin Moist Burn pads are a good way to protect and cool minor burns. Aloe Vera gel can help treat and “cool” burns in the days following the accident. Pain relievers expire, so check the dates and make sure you have some that are up to date. Blunt tip scissors are handy for cutting clothing off injured areas without stabbing yourself or the victim. It’s also a good idea to have a dedicated fire blanket or wool blanket on hand. Those won’t melt or burn if exposed to direct flame, and can help you smother anyone that manages to light themselves on fire. You may need to treat someone for shock as well, so that blanket will give them something to lie down on or wrap up in to keep them warm.
-If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital.
Fireworks aren’t fun for pets! Keep your pets at home & indoors during fireworks displays!
BE SAFE and Enjoy!
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