It’s the Fourth – Think Safety!

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firework safetyEach July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. We are experiencing some of the hottest temperatures and the driest conditions in history. That’s why it is critical this Fourth of July for people to be diligent about fire safety and practice extreme caution with fireworks, campfires and even outdoor grilling.

The risk of fireworks injury is usually highest for children ages 5-19, and adults 25-44, in an atypical year of a very comparable risk across much of the population. On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Legal or not, fireworks are too risky for amateurs. Permanent scarring, loss of vision, dismemberment of body parts – these are too often the result of amateur firework use. Everyone should treat fireworks, whether they are legal or not for consumer use, as suitable only for professionals trained to use them. Making the decision to shoot off fireworks puts yourself in danger and by lighting them around your neighborhood or around a wooded or highly populated area, they can harm innocent bystanders and the property and structures surrounding it.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July. Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.  Children are impulsive and unafraid.  This can be a deadly combination around fireworks. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that failed to ignite completely. Keep a bucket of water or garden hose accessible in the event of a mishap or mistake. Never light more than one firework at a time. Give yourself plenty of time to step far away from exploding fireworks. Keep emergency numbers near – police, fire department. Even if you are not shooting fireworks, your neighbors are, so be prepared. Keep all pets safely indoors when fireworks are set off. Resist the urge to take your furry friend to a crowded gathering. It’s best to leave your pet safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to dampen jarring noises. Outdoor pets should be brought inside as an extra measure of safety.

A safe way to enjoy fireworks this Fourth of July is by going to a local firework display done by professionals. It’s a great way to get your family together to enjoy fireworks without putting a loved one in harm’s way.

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Fairmont Custom Homes!

“Tips to Keep Pets Safe, Calm during July 4th Fireworks.”  Web. 02 July 2013.

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