As we honor our nations independence this 4th of July, we should also honor our need to keep everyone—and our surroundings—safe and healthy. Here are a few guidelines for preventing common July 4 hazards.
Fireworks are one of the most treasured aspect of any Independence Day celebration…and also a leading cause of fire. Fire extinguishers, water buckets and a hose should all be on hand whenever fireworks are being used. Dont set off fireworks near decorations, balloons, trees, bushes, or other things that can catch fire—a wide open space, safely roped off, is youre best option. Afterwards, completely douse spent fireworks with water to ensure they are free of heat and fire before being properly disposed of.
Many fireworks contain chemicals that can be poisonous, so take extra care with young children and pets. Birds in particular can be susceptible—the bright colors are very attractive to them. Dont let anyone or anything put fireworks in their mouth.
Avoid Excessive Imbibing
Hundreds of emergency room visits have shown that alcohol and fireworks dont mix. When youre under the influence, youre more likely to mishandle fireworks and otherwise make mistakes, which can lead to injury or even death. Stay sane, stay sober, and stay safe before you light that first firecracker.
Practice basic firework safety. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse, and back up safely once its lit. Dont try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited. Dont point or throw them at another person. Handle fireworks one at a time. Never carry fireworks in your pocket or try to shoot them off in a container.
While youre looking up at the beautiful, bright displays, dont forget to keep an eye on young children, too. Make sure they stay in safe, designated areas for viewing fireworks, dont get lost in the dark, etc. If youre setting off fireworks at home, keep kids a safe distance away from them at all times and dont let them chase or grab a lit fire cracker. Sparklers are a great options for young ones, but these must be handled safely as well, so be vigilant at all times. And always make sure adults are around to supervise whenever fireworks are present!
The loud booms and cracks of fireworks are extremely upsetting to most cats and dogs, who might meow/bark, whimper, or even try to bolt once the show begins. No matter how youre viewing fireworks, make sure your pet is in a secure location so they cant run off. If possible, find a quiet space in your house where they can hole up until the show is over.
SelectQuote wishes you and your loved ones a safe and sane 4th of July!