Smart tips for a safe and festive Fourth of July
By Carter Hall, CSFD Public Information Officer
Most of us build our traditional Independence Day celebrations around family and friends, not to mention plenty of bright and colorful fireworks. Unfortunately, fireworks can also cause injuries and damage property, even when properly used.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a professional fireworks display such as the “I Love America” celebration Thursday night at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Can you guess what types of fireworks cause the most injuries? It’s not bottle rockets, roman candles or small firecrackers — it’s those innocent-looking sparklers. They produce about a third of all fireworks-related injuries.
Sparklers burn at about 1,200 degrees, which makes glow sticks a much safer alternative for young children.
As you prepare for your Fourth of July celebration, here are some other things to keep in mind:
- It’s illegal to discharge fireworks in the city limits.
- When using fireworks, always read the labels first and wear safety glasses.
- Never give fireworks to children. An adult should supervise fireworks activities.
- Light one firework at a time, then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never re-light a dud. Wait 20 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and a water hose nearby.
- Never shoot fireworks near pets. Make sure your pets – especially those sensitive to loud noises – are where they feel safe and comfortable.
- Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix.
If you’re planning a cookout, be sure to practice safe grilling practices, too:
Have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!
About the Blogger
Carter Hall has been a College Station firefighter since 2011. He earned a degree in leadership development from Texas A&M in 2005.
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