Make Your Independence Day Sparkle - Safely!

Posted on July 01, 2014

Make Your Independence Day Sparkle - Safely!

By Sherri Simmons, President and CEO

Happy Independence Day!  Here are some tips from the American Pyrotechnics Association to make your 4th sparkle ...

TAKE PRECAUTIONS. Always keep a hose and a bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies.

LIGHT ONE AT A TIME. NEVER light two or more fireworks or sparklers at the same time.

KEEP IT OUTSIDE. Only use fireworks and sparklers outdoors on flat, hard surfaces in clear areas and away from houses, buildings and dry grass.

HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION. NEVER allow young children to light or handle fireworks or sparklers. Be aware of the minimum permitted age in your state. Adults should always be present when lighting or handling fireworks or sparklers.

STAY ALERT. NEVER mix alcohol or other substances with fireworks or sparklers.

STAY CLEAR. NEVER hold a lit firework in your hand. Keep as far from them as possible when lighting.

LET SLEEPING FIREWORKS LIE. NEVER try to relight fireworks or sparklers that do not ignite. Wait 15 to 20 minutes before approaching them, then soak them with water and throw them away.

PROTECT YOUR PETS. Animals are often frightened by the sounds of fireworks. Protect your “best friends” by keeping them indoors, secure and away from the loud, sudden noises.

Also, check local and state laws and only purchase fireworks and sparklers that are legally permitted -- and check the label and instructions on both fireworks and sparklers to ensure they come from a reliable, legal and licensed source.


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