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The Fourth of July symbolizes so much of the American story: liberty, valor, patriotism, and, of course, summer gatherings with family and friends.
This is the perfect time to celebrate in your own home with family and friends.
But when you’re celebrating, it can be easy to let your guard down. To protect your home and family, we’ve got the top tips for a safe and fun Fourth of July Celebration.
1. Ear protection
While fireworks are a traditional part of Independence Day festivities, the loud noises may harm your hearing, especially if you’re close to them when they’re set off.
Protect yourself and your loved ones by considering ear protection. Earplugs or earmuffs specifically designed to reduce noise can help minimize the risk of hearing damage.
They are widely available at pharmacies and can be easily inserted or worn during firework displays or other noisy activities.
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2. Apply (and reapply) sunscreen liberally
Spending time outdoors during the summer often involves prolonged sun exposure. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen liberally and regularly throughout the day. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to shield your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Make sure to apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, especially if you’re swimming or sweating
3. Adult supervision is always necessary
When it comes to a safe and fun Fourth of July celebration, adult supervision is crucial, especially when children are involved.
Fireworks, grilling, and water activities can present potential hazards. By having responsible adults present, you can ensure that all of your guests are safe.
During fireworks displays, closely supervise children and keep them at a safe distance from where they’re being set off.
Avoid allowing young children to handle fireworks themselves and ensure that older children use fireworks under adult supervision.
Additionally, keep a close eye on children near water, whether it’s a pool, lake, or beach, to prevent accidents and drowning incidents.
4. Be aware of and follow all state laws regarding fireworks
Fireworks can be an exciting part of Fourth of July celebrations, but it’s essential to be aware of and comply with all state laws and regulations.
Laws regarding fireworks usage, purchase, and safety vary from state to state. Some states may have restrictions on certain types of fireworks or even ban them altogether.
Familiarize yourself with your state’s laws and ensure that you only use fireworks that are legal and safe, especially if you’ve recently relocated to a new state. States like Vermont and Illinois forbid the purchase of all conventional fireworks, only allowing sparklers and novelty fireworks.
5. Use fireworks in clear, open areas
Using fireworks in clear, open areas is vital for several reasons. Firstly, it prevents fire hazards by reducing the risk of accidental fires and protecting nearby properties, habitats, and the environment.
Secondly, it ensures the safety of individuals by providing a larger buffer zone and minimizing the chances of injuries or accidents. Additionally, using fireworks in open spaces prevents property damage by keeping them away from neighbors and valuable assets, preventing sparks or debris from causing harm. It also ensures compliance with local regulations, avoiding legal consequences or fines.
6. Have fire extinguishers or hoses ready
Having fire extinguishers or hoses ready during the Fourth of July celebrations is a crucial safety measure.
Fireworks and other activities during this time can pose a fire risk, and having the appropriate firefighting tools readily available can help mitigate potential emergencies.
According to a recent report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), injuries from fireworks are significantly on the rise, with injuries from fireworks increasing by 25% in the U.S. between 2006 and 2021.
7. Never re-light a ‘dud’ firework
One important tip during your Fourth of July celebrations is to never re-light a “dud” firework.
A dud firework refers to a firework that fails to ignite or explode as intended. While it may be tempting to give it another try or investigate the issue—DON’T DO IT.
Re-lighting a dud firework can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable. There could be a delayed ignition or an unexpected explosion, posing a significant risk to yourself and those around you. Instead of attempting to re-light a dud firework, treat it as a malfunctioning device and dispose of it properly.
8. Purchase all fireworks legally
Buying fireworks from licensed and authorized sellers ensure not only your safety but also compliance with local laws and regulations.
Legal fireworks undergo proper testing and adhere to safety standards, reducing the risk of accidents or malfunctions. Illegally obtained fireworks may lack safety features, contain excessive explosive materials, or be poorly manufactured, increasing the potential for injuries, fires, or property damage.
9. Remember Alcohol and fireworks do not mix well
Alcohol impairs judgment, coordination, and reaction time, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries when handling fireworks. Make sure you have a clear mind and steady hand when dealing with potentially hazardous materials.
Consuming alcohol can lead to poor decision-making, such as mishandling fireworks, lighting them in unsafe conditions, or disregarding safety guidelines.
Remember that you’re dealing with an explosive. Fireworks demand concentration, caution, and a focused mindset to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, children, neighbors, pets, and the rest of your party guests.
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