Waco, TX (PRWEB) July 01, 2014
While fireworks on the Fourth of July provide the sparkle and pop for celebrating America’s independence, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) states that mishandling fireworks causes thousands of personal injuries and contributes to an increase of home and grass fires each year. Making wise safety choices is the key to preventing injuries and protecting against fire loss due to fireworks.
To ensure everyone has a blast during this year’s freedom celebration, apply these firework safety tips from Rainbow International®:
- Instead of setting off fireworks at home, attend a public fireworks display and celebrate without the personal dangers. Check your local community calendar or listen to public announcements on the radio or TV about firework displays in your area.
- Purchase fireworks from reliable vendors in your area. Always read instructions and caution labels before igniting. Never use homemade fireworks.
- Always light fireworks outdoors on a level surface. Check weather conditions to make sure they are conducive to lighting fireworks. Adhere to any burn bans and remember that windy conditions can fuel fires.
- Always have a bucket of water and a water hose nearby in case of emergency. Also, have a first aid kit nearby in case of minor injury.
- Never point or throw fireworks toward another person. Horseplay and fireworks are not a good combination.
- Position fireworks away from homes or buildings, and light them a safe distance away from brush and leaves or flammable substances.
- Soak all used fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them into a trash can.
- Avoid letting young children handle fireworks and make sure older children use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
- When lighting a firework, never stand directly over the device. Stand to the side as you light it and back up to a safe distance immediately after it is lit. Never re-light or handle a malfunctioning firework. Instead, soak it in water and discard it safely.
- Teach children not to wave sparklers or run while holding them. When a sparkler is finished, drop the hot stick into a bucket of water instead of tossing it onto the ground.
- Remember that alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. It’s important to be able to focus clearly on safety when lighting fireworks.
Taking a few minutes to review and apply these firework safety tips can help make this year’s freedom celebration both enjoyable and safe for all involved. Have a safe Fourth of July!