It's America's birthday! Which means families across the country will be celebrating with backyard BBQs, friends, games, and everyone's favorite- fireworks! This year, as you prepare to celebrate the holiday with your loved ones, if you plan to include fireworks in your celebration, please keep the following tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety in mind:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; wear safety glasses and read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- Use glow sticks instead of sparklers. Sparklers are easy and fun to use, however, they can also be a danger to your elderly loved one since they burn at over 1,000°, making it easy for seniors to burn themselves. A fun and safe alternative to sparklers are glow sticks.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Stand back. Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles and people! Older adults are often not as mobile as younger generations, which may cause them to get injured with fireworks since they are unable to move away from them as quickly.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water before you discard it.
- When using fireworks always have a connected hose, bucket of water, or other water source nearby.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trashcan away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- Ensure all pets and animals are away from fireworks noise.
- With the rise in stress-related disorders affecting American service men and women, pay special consideration to individuals who may be sensitive to loud noises in proximity to your fireworks show.
The Fourth of July is a fun time to get together with family and friends, but can also be dangerous when fireworks are involved. Use these ideas to keep your loved ones safe!