From our family to yours, we hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July! As we turn towards Summer fun and family activities, we wanted to post some tips on how to keep safe this holiday weekend!

In 2018, 5 people died from fireworks, 9100 were treated in emergency rooms and 19,500 fires were accidentally started by the unsafe use of fireworks. These incidents tend to peak around the 4th of July holiday season.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2018 Fireworks Annual Report by Yongling Tu and Jason Ng

Fire safety is important, so here are a few tips that could help prevent an accident or fire:

Tips & Tricks to Safely Use Legal Fireworks

KEEP A BUCKET OF WATER NEARBY

This seems like a no-brainer, but many people who shoot off fireworks fail to keep a fire extinguisher or bucket of water nearby to handle small incidents of fire.

If you can get a fire out while it is small it has a less likely chance of becoming a big fire!

ALWAYS HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION

Kids and fire don’t go together so always make sure your kids are under adult supervision when handling or being around any sort of flame or fireworks.

Also, make sure they understand the basics of fire safety and being responsible around fire/fireworks.

SOAK USED (AND UNUSED) FIREWORKS IN WATER FOR A COUPLE HOURS BEFORE DISCARDING

After you have finished setting off your stash of fireworks, consider soaking used and unused fireworks in a bucket filled with water.

Every year, thousands of fires are started after used fireworks are put into trash cans before they are fully extinguished!

NEVER USE FIREWORKS INDOORS

It goes without saying that using fireworks indoors is never a good idea! Whether it’s raining or snowing outside, it’s never a good plan to light a firework of any kind inside a house, barn or pavilion.

The chance of something going wrong and a significant fire occurring is just too high.

ONLY USE FIREWORKS AWAY FROM PEOPLE, HOUSES AND OTHER FLAMMABLE MATERIALS

Fireworks should be used in a wide open area away from all flammable plants and other materials. Each and every year, stray fireworks cause fires which lead to structure and property damage that costs thousands of dollars to repair.

Even more important than that, the fires threaten the health and lives of friends and family near the fireworks.

We hope you found these tips helpful and that you have a happy and safe 4th of July! 

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