Summer is here and its warmer then ever. Parents keep the fun in summer by keeping your child safe under the sun, the water, and the great outdoors.
With the Fourth of July coming up .Summer can be a fun time with great memories. So this is the time to make sure everyone in the family is aware of Fireworks safety.
Fireworks can cause serious injuries if not handle properly.You can get burn and you can have some serious eye injuries as well.
To me the number one way to stay safe from fireworks and protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period.
Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.
In some areas you are not allowed to. Make sure you check with your local police department. Sometimes if there’s a bad drought and fire can easily start. They will not allowed fireworks to be used.
Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
- Kids should never play with fireworks.If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C) — hot enough to melt gold.
- Make Sure Fireworks you buy are legal. Firework that is legal,will have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions.
- Illegal ones are usually called some crazy names like the Doubleheader or M1000.These explosives were banned in 1966, but still account for many fireworks injuries.
- Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction
- Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting
- Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year.
- Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
- Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July
- Never try to make your own fireworks.
- Never throw or point fireworks at someone.
- Wear some sort of eye protection, and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket
- Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event
- Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and never relight a dud
If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.
Also, don’t flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it.
Instead, cut out the bottom of a paper cup, place it around the eye, and immediately seek medical attention — your child’s eyesight may depend on it.
Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you’ll enjoy them much more knowing your family is safe. Take extra precautions this Fourth of July and your holiday will be a Great Time.
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