The 4th of July is a day of fun and celebrating the independence of the United States, but it can also be one of the most dangerous days of the year. Every year, thousands of people are injured by carelessness with fireworks. To keep your 4th of July celebrations free of injuries and trips to the emergency room, follow some simple safety tips.
1. Remember firework safety. Most cities have banned fireworks due to their fire hazard. Even in unincorporated cities, they still pose a fire danger, even though fireworks are allowed. Too many people have been burned by fireworks. Read the instructions on firework labels thoroughly before using them, and never use them near wood or in dry areas.
2. Always have a bucket of water close by to make sure your fireworks are completely put out and there is no chance of them re-igniting.
3. Do not ever point fireworks near people or roofs.
4. Never allow children to play with or light fireworks or firecrackers. Constant supervision is critical.
5. Never drink and drive. Always have a designated driver. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.
6. Be cautious when driving. Other people may have been drinking, even if you haven’t. Often times, people are simply distracted by other’s firework displays, so paying attention to the road instead of what is going on on the side of the road is important, especially at night.
7. If you are planning on barbecuing this 4th of July, be careful not to start a fire. Make certain all coals are cooled before you leave your barbecue unattended. Don’t let children play with or around the barbecue.
8. To avoid food poisoning, make sure your food is stored at the correct temperature. Don’t leave food out in the sun for more than an hour.
9. If you are having guests over to celebrate serve your food at the correct temperature.
10. Pet safety is important on the 4th of July. Many animals get scared of the noise and end up getting hurt. Keep your pets inside when lighting fireworks, away from the noise and sparks.
Every year on the 4th of July, over 7,000 people are seen in the emergency room due to injuries caused by fireworks. Please don’t be one of them.
Stay safe this year and have a happy 4th of July!