The 4th of July is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. It’s a time for friends and family to gather together and celebrate 240 years of our country’s independence. Lighting fireworks have become a popular activity, but make sure you remain safe while enjoying your holiday.
According to The National Council on Fireworks Safety, the safest way to experience the 4th of July is to watch public fireworks show put on by professionals and remain at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks, however, if someone is setting fireworks off at home, they should follow these safety steps:
- Never allow small children to light fireworks and adults should always be there to supervise regardless of children’s ages.
- Always follow the directions on the packaging to ensure proper usage.
- Keep a supply of water to extinguish any rogue fireworks.
- Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time
- Never attempt to relight "a dud" – wait at least 20 minutes before handling and put the "dud" in a bucket of water.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
- Never set fireworks toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
- Keep pets inside or in designated areas while lighting fireworks. Many pets will be alarmed or threatened by fireworks and may run toward the lit firework.
- Dispose of any used fireworks by wetting them down and placing in a metal can away from buildings.
- Do not drink alcohol while using fireworks – wait until afterward.
- Remember fireworks are forbidden in carry-on and checked luggage at the airport.
- If you are aware of someone selling or using illegal explosives such as M-80s, Cherry Bombs, and Silver Salutes, contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms immediately at 1-888-283-2662 or email ATFTips@atf.gov
CENTURY 21 Affiliated wishes you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
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