As the song says, schooooool’s out for summer. And that means lazy days at the pool, hamburgers sizzling on the grill, and fireworks lighting up the sky, particularly on July 4th. But before you celebrate our nation’s independence with some sparklers and bottle rockets, remember that fireworks can cause serious injuries—not to mention fires—if not handled properly. And young children are particularly at risk.
Make sure you follow these important safety tips if you plan to celebrate with fireworks this summer.
1. First and foremost, check that lighting fireworks is legal in your area, as many places prohibit lighting fireworks at home.
2. On the same note, purchase only legal fireworks that have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions for use. Never experiment with homemade fireworks.
3. Have a responsible adult supervise all firework activities. Children should never play with or handle fireworks.
4. Consider your pet. Fireworks can be stressful for animals, so keep them indoors away from the noise and light.
5. Light fireworks one at a time and only outdoors. Direct them away from leaves and any flammable substances. Wear eye protection, and do not carry fireworks in your pocket. Move a safe distance away after lighting and never attempt to relight any duds.
6. Keep a bucket of water and hose nearby. Use the bucket to fully extinguish fireworks before disposing of them in a metal trash that does not contain other materials.
7. If you take precautions, everyone should enjoy a safe sky show. Still, it never hurts to ensure your insurance is up to date. Call your trusted AAA agent today to talk about your needs.