7 Fireworks Safety Tips for the 4th of July

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Enjoy fireworks responsibly this Independence Day with these safety tips from Security Choice.

As summer grows hotter and the sun seems to get a little brighter, Americans will buy fireworks to prepare for Independence Day celebrations. But safety should always take priority over impressive fireworks displays. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 30,100 fires are caused by fireworks each year. So be careful this holiday season and help prevent fireworks-related fires and injuries with these safety tips from Security Choice, a leading online resource for home alarm systems and home security monitoring.

1. Obey all laws: Consult local and state laws about fireworks and follow them. Only buy legal fireworks from reliable, licensed sellers. The packaging should include the manufacturer’s name and address. Follow all instructions labeled on the fireworks. Never try to make homemade fireworks or combine existing ones.

2. Store properly: Transport and keep fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children. Also follow any other storage directions on packaging. Never transport them in pockets or other clothing.

3. Keep kids away: Don’t let kids play with or get near fireworks, including sparklers. These hand-held favors can reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt gold.

4. Have water on hand: Make sure to always have a bucket of water or functioning hose nearby to use in case of accidental fires.

5. Use outdoors only: Launch fireworks on a hard, flat surface away from homes and flammable materials. Make sure that other people and pets are out of the way before lighting fireworks. Nearby pets may be frightened by the fireworks.

6. Designate a shooter: The person in charge of fireworks should not drink alcohol before or during setting off fireworks. Make sure that no one smokes or consumes alcohol near the fireworks. Once the firework is lit, get out of the way and don’t try to re-light it.

7. Dispose properly: Don’t risk setting off smoke sensors that come with some home alarm systems by placing smoking fireworks in a trash can indoors. Wait until used fireworks have cooled and soak them in a bucket of water before throwing them in a trash can. Make sure to dispose of them properly because fireworks contain toxic chemicals that can harm pets or other animals if ingested.

Stay safe during holiday celebrations and visit http://www.securitychoice.com for more information on home security and safety.

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