Keep safety and respect top of mind this Fourth of July


The Fourth of July holiday is perhaps the most quintessential American holiday of the year. Most of us gather with family and friends to enjoy the summer weather, good food and of course, fireworks. However, this recognition of our historical quest for independence shouldn't be taken lightly. Fireworks are explosives and proper laws and handling procedures should be followed at all times.

In addition, remember not everyone loves fireworks. The loud noises and flashing lights from fireworks can induce real stress on children and adults with sensory sensitivities, such as Autism, and mental and emotional disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Here are some tips from the National Council On Fireworks Safety to help make your July 4 safe and enjoyable for all:

Recommended Safety Tips

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • 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.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • 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.
  • 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.

And let’s not forget the safety of our pets!

  • Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
  • If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  • Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
  • Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.

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