Independence Day celebrations are often filled with smiles, excitement and fun. However, as quickly as the fun begins it can turn dangerous. We searched out some tips to share so that everyone’s holiday will be fun and safe!
Kids and adults alike enjoy the bright lights and sounds. Follow this link from The Consumer Product Safety Commission for information. Following are some of their safety tips. I underlined one that I thought might be surprising. (Their infographic is also shared at the end of this post.)
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Hot dogs, apple pie, potato salad and other goodies are tasty but can become dangerous if not handled safely. Often at picnics and potlucks food is left out for awhile or temperatures can be too hot or too cool. Web MD has the details.
Sun and Heat
Be sun safe. Use sunscreen and limit time in the heat. Stay hydrated. The FDA has additional tips.
Whether it is with fireworks, near water, around a campfire or just playing please watch children closely. Sometimes children can act impulsively or without considering all of the consequences. As adults, we can help them learn to make choices that are safe and will help them have fun. While we are keeping them safe, we can enjoy their company as well!
Even our four legged friends need some love this summer. Pet MD has some helpful hints to keep our pets safe while we enjoy the day. Remember that those spent fireworks can become poison to a dog. Also, a dog that usually stays close to home may run away when scared by the cracks and booms of fireworks.
We hope you enjoy the traditions and adventures you have planned for Independance Day this year!
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