With Independence Day just around the corner, it’s important that we celebrate in the most American way possible. BBQs, block parties and parades are in abundance, but it is the nighttime sky that brings the real party. It’s time for the fireworks…
According to the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA), 260 million pounds of fireworks are lit by us regular joes, and 180 of us end up in the emergency room afterwards. And these injuries tend to revolve around the hands, fingers, legs, face, and even eyes! While we love to spark up the colorful firelights, it really isn’t the safest thing to do. Professional shows are always best. But if you insist, here are some tips to keep in mind to keep you and yours safe:
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area.
- Always read and follow label instructions.
- Never allow children to play with sparklers or ignite fireworks. Use glow sticks instead.
- Clear a smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves and flammable materials.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting a firework (only light one at a time) and wear eye protection.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them from metal or glass containers.
- Never try to re-light fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Soak all spent fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can – never a fire pit.
- Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign they were made for professional use only.
For more information about 4th of July fire safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.
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