With July 4th right around the corner, here are a few tips to keep your family safe around fireworks.
Firework Safety Tips
- Always have an adult supervise firework activities to ensure your children’s safety. Many parents don’t realize that young children can even suffer injuries from sparklers since they burn at temperatures of about 2,00o degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Always have a bucket of water or a water hose ready just in case there is a fire.
- Keep your pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured. Also, animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed by the fireworks.
- Never relight a malfunctioning or “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
- If you have any fireworks left, store them in a cool, dry area.
- Only use legal fireworks which are clearly labeled with instructions.
Stay safe out there and have a Happy Fourth of July!Tags: family health, family medicine, firework safety, fourth of july, July 4, safety