Firework Safety for the 4th of July

June 27, 2010 7:51 PM | Deleted user

With the 4th of July coming up, fireworks are sure to be a part of many gatherings.  SAFE KIDS has put out the following recommendations when using fireworks / when fireworks are nearby:

  • Only adults should handle fireworks
    Even sparklers aren’t safe for small children. They burn at the temperature of a household match and can ignite hair and clothing. Tell children that they should leave the area immediately if their friends are using fireworks and keep a bucket of water handy.

  • Discuss safety procedure with your children. Teach children "stop, drop and roll" if their clothes catch fire. Make sure they know how to call 9-1-1, and show them how to put out fireworks by using water or a fire extinguisher.

  • Read labels and carefully follow directions. All fireworks must carry a warning label describing necessary safety precautions. Inspect firecrackers for leaking powder, loose fuses or poorly attached bases. Avoid such firecrackers as well as those that appear to have been wet, then dried.

  • Never use fireworks indoors.

  • Be sure spectators are out of range before lighting fireworks.

  • Never aim or throw fireworks at another person.

  • Never place your face or any other body part over fireworks.

  • Never try to re-ignite fireworks that malfunction.

  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves and flammable materials. Never shoot them in metal or glass containers.

  • Better yet - Join everyone at Clague Park at dusk for a spectacular show!  Happy 4th of July!!!

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