Each year, Americans purchase approximately 247,500,000 pounds of fireworks per year. While they are a common tradition for many family celebrations, especially around the Fourth of July, firework safety is often overlooked by most. In 2016, fireworks were the cause of more than 11,000 serious injuries that required emergency room treatment. You should never underestimate the damage that can be caused, so it is important to review a few firework safety tips. Whether you are celebrating on the fourth or the coming weekend, spend time with your loved ones and out of the emergency room! These tips will help keep you and your loved ones safe this fourth of July.
Firework Safety Tips:
- – Read and follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions and warnings.
- – Do not try to make your own fireworks; use only commercially manufactured fireworks that meet safety standards.
- – Only light fireworks outside in an open space.
- – Never hold a firework after lighting.
- – Obey local ordinances regarding private fireworks usage.
- – Have a bucket of water on hand in case of emergencies.
- – If a firework does not go off, do not try to relight it. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it with water.
- – Never light a firework in a glass or metal container.
- – Do not light fireworks close to other fireworks or any buildings.
- – Do not drink alcohol while lighting fireworks.
- – Always supervise children when playing with sparklers. Although considered safe, sparklers burn anywhere between 1,200-2,000 degrees and can cause severe injuries.
Protection for Your Pets:
While we might find fireworks enjoyable, not everyone is a fan of the loud explosions and bright flashes. Much like thunderstorms or the vacuum cleaner, fireworks may frighten family pets. These firework safety tips for your furry friends will help prevent stress and anxiety as a result of loud noises from fireworks:
- – Keep pets indoors and as far away from loud noises as possible.
- – Try to keep your pet as comfortable as possible. Confined spaces could increase their stress.
- – Allow pets to go to the bathroom before beginning your fireworks show to prevent accidents.
No matter what the celebration, don’t have the day end with a trip to the emergency room. Knowing a few firework safety tips can keep you and your loved ones safe. Always be sure to read the directions on your fireworks carefully, watch children when lighting fireworks and inform all guests to be cautious during your display. For more ways to protect the things you love, just call us at 724-929-2300 today. We can tailor a policy to fit your family’s needs perfectly. From home and auto to health and life insurance, we’re here to fit your needs and our friendly, local staff is always happy to help. Call or stop in for a free quote or insurance review and see how much you can save with CSC.