Independence Day Safety Tips

Independence Day Safety Tips

Independence Day is here. Millions of people will gather around the family barbecue to celebrate... but beware, danger may be lurking! Even with a giant party raging around us, it’s important to keep an eye open for safety. 

To that end, here’s our special Independence Day blog. Today, we’ll share some important safety tips that should help to keep everyone happy and healthy throughout Independence Day.

Independence Day Fireworks Can Be Dangerous

Let’s talk fireworks. When it comes to Independence Day, most people immediately think about lighting up some fire crackers. That makes sense, they’re a great tradition for most Americans. However, they can also be quite dangerous.

Before you even think about grabbing the matchbook, be sure to check on your local laws. Are they legal to use within your area? That’s a serious question that deserves a serious answer.

Across the United States, fireworks are a massive source of legal contention. Some people love them, but others absolutely hate them. Therefore, you should be absolutely sure before you purchase fireworks. Just because someone is selling explosives doesn’t mean that they are actually legal.

Take a look at your local laws. If fireworks are illegal in your area, then don’t take the risk. After all, the penalty can be harsher than you might expect. Besides, nothing can ruin an Independence Day party faster than an arrest.

Using Fireworks Responsibly

Assuming fireworks are legal in your general area, you should treat these explosives with absolute respect and care. After all, the emergency rooms are full of Independence Day accidents.

Here are some basic fireworks guidelines:

  • When available, follow the exact directions on any and all fireworks.
  • Don’t light fireworks on uneven ground. Instead, look for a smooth, flat surface.
  • Don't combine multiple fireworks to create larger explosions. Amateur explosive experiments are a dangerous gamble. It’s just not worth the risk.
  • Keep water and a fully charged fire extinguisher close by when igniting fireworks.
  • Tell any spectators to keep their distance. Fireworks can sometimes be unpredictable.
  • Stay sober. Alcohol and other drugs can cloud your judgment. That can be deadly when explosives are involved.
  • If a particular firework appears to be a dud, wait 20 minutes. You can never be sure that there won’t be a delayed explosion. Soak the “dud” in a bucket of water, then carefully dispose of it.
  • Repeat this disposal process at the end of the holiday to dispose of any and all remaining fireworks.

Take Care of Your Pets 

When it comes to Independence Day, be sure to watch out for your dogs and cats. This holiday can be especially harsh on them. We’ve offered pet safety tips in the past, but you can never be too careful when it comes to fireworks. As you’ve likely seen before, animals are often terrified by the sounds of fireworks. If at all possible, don’t take them to a fireworks display at all.

In fact, don’t leave them unattended, and make sure you’re available to comfort the poor frightened creatures. Active supervision is helpful for pets as well as children.

If you’re leaving the pets at home, consider leaving the TV or stereo on, and at a loud volume. The sounds of media will hopefully calm the nerves of the dog or cat.

Keeping Safe No Matter What

Beyond simple fireworks, there are plenty of tips for throwing a safe party. Feel free to explore the full blog to learn more.

Beyond fireworks, parents and kids alike should take these simple safety precautions this Independence Day:

  • Remember to wear sunblock.
  • Stay hydrated at all times.
  • Whether boating or swimming, it’s a good idea to understand the basics of water safety.

In the end, that’s about it. Enjoy the holiday and have a safe Independence Day, everyone!

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