Fireworks Safety Tips

Each year on average there are 18,500 fires that occur as a result of fireworks. Of those fires 1,300 are involve structures, 300 car fires, 16,900 are outside fires. There are on average 3 deaths, 40 injuries and $43 MILLION in direct property damage due to fireworks.

You can enjoy your fireworks safely if you follow a few simple safety tips:

  1. OBEY ALL LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS.
  2. READ AND FOLLOW LABEL INSTRUCTIONS.
  3. HAVE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT SUPERVISE ALL FIREWORK ACTIVITIES.
  4. ALCOHOL AND FIREWORKS DON'T MIX.
  5. WEAR SAFETY GLASSES WHEN SHOOTING FIREWORKS.
  6. LIGHT FIREWORKS OUTSIDE IN A SAFE AREA.
  7. NEVER TRY TO RELIGHT A "DUD". WAIT 20 MINUTES AND THEN SOAK IN A BUCKET OF WATER.
  8. HAVE WATER PRESENT IN CASE OF FIRE.
  9. DISPOSE OF SPENT FIREWORKS BY WETTING THEM DOWN AND PLACING THEM IN A METAL CONTAINER.

DON'T FORGET THE PETS:

  1. DON'T BRING YOUR PETS TO THE SHOW, EVEN THE SMALL ONES.
  2. IF FIREWORKS ARE NEAR YOUR HOME, PUT YOUR PET IN A SAFE, INTERIOR ROOM TO AVOID EXPOSURE TO THE SOUND.
  3. MAKE SURE YOUR PET HAS A TAG INCASE THEY RUN AWAY DURING THE DISPLAY.
  4. NEVER SHOOT FIREWORKS OF ANY KIND NEAR A PET.

Following these tips can help you have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July.

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