On June 28, 2015, Antonio Braden was tragically killed in Nashville, TN when a damaged, artillery-style firework shell exploded while Braden held the launching tube. These stories remind us just how dangerous that the fireworks we light off each year actually are.
You and your family may decide to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals and watch a show put on by your city, but if you decide to light off fireworks yourself make sure you review these safety tips.
Firework Safety Tips:
- Check to make sure which, if any, fireworks are legal in your area before buying and using them.
- Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign that the fireworks were meant for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers.
- Never let children light off fireworks unsupervised.
- Always have a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher handy.
- Never re-light a “dud” firework, wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- If a firework appears damaged do not light it.
- When you are done with your fireworks, wet them down and place them in a metal trash can away from buildings and flammable materials.
- Don’t point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Never light more than one firework at a time.
- Don’t lean over fireworks when you light the fuse, and back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting the firework.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
DID YOU KNOW: Sparklers burn at temperatures up to 1,200 degrees – that is hot enough to melt glass!
4th of July Pet Safety:
More pets go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. The noise from the firecrackers can make pets panic and run away, causing them to become lost, injured or killed.
1. Keep them indoors. Make sure your furry friends are safe and keep them inside this holiday weekend. That's the easiest way to make sure they don't get spooked and run off.
2. Make sure they are wearing their tags. Be sure your pet is wearing their collar with proper identification and that they are micro-chipped so they can be returned easily if they do get lost.
3. Take them out early. Walk pets early in the day so that they won't need to be out exercising when the fireworks are going off. Also, don't take them with you to the watch the big firework show.