Top Tips to Keep Your 4th of July Celebrations Fun for Everyone
Remember to keep safety, pet security and neighborhood courtesy in mind this 4th of July.
Soon, fireworks stands will be popping up, stores will be in full swing promoting patriotic clothing and accessories, and people will be making 4th of July plans for family and neighborhood gatherings highlighted by food - yes, hot dogs, burgers, ribs, potato salad, watermelon and more!
However you celebrate the 4th of July, we hope you enjoy it safely, keeping these things in mind:
- Refrain from using illegal fireworks.
- All fireworks should be treated with respect.
- Alcohol can impair your ability to safely use fireworks.
- Don't run or engage in horseplay while fireworks are being used.
- Follow instructions on the fireworks carefully.
- Fireworks should only be used outdoors in a clear area away from houses, buildings, cars, dry grassy areas and flammable materials.
- Always place fireworks on a solid, level ground and use long, fireplace-style matches or lighter to light them.
- Keep your face as far from the fuse as possible.
- Do not ignite fireworks in a container, especially one made of glass or metal.
- Have a bucket of water, hose or fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies and to douse fireworks that do not ignite.
- If fireworks malfunction, do not try to re-light them.
- Soak any fireworks remnants in a bucket of water overnight.
As fun as the 4th of July might be for you, remember you may have neighbors, including military veterans, who might find the evening traumatic by the sound of fireworks, especially illegal fireworks.
Also, a lot of frightened dogs and cats go missing at the sound of fireworks. If you have pets, please keep them inside, preferably in a room where they can't escape from if they get spooked. Sometimes playing music or having the television on can provide a buffer from the noise of fireworks. And be sure they are micro chipped or wearing a collar with your contact information on it, just in case they escape.
Finally, do not call 9-1-1 to report someone setting off illegal fireworks, unless there is imminent danger to life or property.