Keeping Your Family Safe Around Fireworks

July 2, 2018 2:26 pm Published by

Independence Day is a time to gather with friends and family, have a cookout and for some, light fireworks. The safest way to enjoy a fireworks display is by attending one that is produced by your community.

If you’d prefer to have a fun celebration in your own backyard, here are five steps, from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, you can take to protect yourself and your guests from the danger of incorrect fireworks use.

  1. Keep fireworks out of reach of young children. It may be fun to have your kids light the fireworks and see them sparkle in the night sky, but it is NOT safe.
  2. Do not re-light fireworks that may not have ignited, just consider them to be a “dud.”
  3. Avoid fireworks that are packaged in brown paper – this indicates that they were meant for professional displays and are not fit for consumers.
  4. Take it one step at a time. It might make for a spectacular show when you light fireworks all at once, but it also makes for a much more dangerous situation.
  5. Keep a garden hose or bucket full of water nearby in case of a fire.

If you’re attending a cookout this summer and see someone not following these guidelines, speak up, you may prevent a serious accident.

Enjoy Independence Day and stay safe!