It’s nearly the 4th of July! For many families, this means it’s time to celebrate a safe Independence Day! There are a few extra considerations for safety this year. Social distancing is still critically important, even though many local governments are opening community pools and restaurants. In this blog post, let’s talk about a few ways to have a happy and safe Independence Day.
Firework Tips for a Safe Independence DayWhen it comes to a safe Independence Day, there are definitely a few key aspects to keep in mind. Quarantine or not, a lot of us will be dealing with fireworks and pools. For this reason, let’s take a look at some safety tips for each of these subjects.
First, here are some key fireworks tips that will help ensure a safe Independence Day:
- Follow the included directions on any and all fireworks.
- Don't alter your fireworks or combine them to make larger explosions. For example, don’t build “genies” or strap bottle rockets together. That’s a recipe for disaster.
- Don’t build your own fireworks. Homemade explosives are a very big risk.
- Always remember to keep water and fully charged fire extinguishers close at hand.
- Alert spectators to keep their distance. At times, fireworks can be unpredictable.
- Don’t light fireworks on uneven ground. To lessen the possibility of a misfire, only light explosives on a smooth, flat surface.
- Avoid alcohol and other drugs! These substances can affect your judgment. If you’re lighting fireworks, make sure to remain totally sober.
- For better protection, wear safety goggles.
- Don’t assume that an unexploded firecracker is a dud. Instead, wait 20 minutes. If it still doesn’t ignite, soak the “dud” in a bucket of water. Once this is done, carefully dispose of it. Never re-light an unexploded firecracker.
- Additionally, soak any left over fireworks in water before disposing of them. It will greatly reduce your risk this Fourth of July.