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4th of July Safety

06/28/13

Permalink 12:46:31 pm, by advproinc, 425 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Life Safety Information, Other Resources

4th of July Safety

The Fourth of July is a time for family and friends to come together, relax and celebrate the independence and freedoms we are lucky enough to have. The day is usually filled with bbq’s, fun outdoor activities and most fun of all, fireworks! But as fun as lighting fireworks can be, it’s easy to forget that fireworks can also be very dangerous, causing fires, serious burns and other injuries. We want our community to have a fun and safe Fourth of July so we’ve put together a list of Fourth of July Safety Tips that should make it easier to maintain a safe and fire-free environment for all.

1. First of all, make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. Stay away from illegal fireworks. They are illegal due to the increased danger involved with certain types of fireworks.

2. Have a fire extinguisher readily available. This way if there was an accidental fire, the fire can be put out quickly. You should also have water buckets and a hose available. This is also important in the case that a fire becomes larger than a small extinguisher can take care of.

3 Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

4. When you decorate the area that you will be setting off fireworks, it is important to make sure that the decorations are a safe distance from the actual fireworks. Make sure that the area you are lighting fireworks off is also free of bushes, dry grass, trees and other fire hazardous materials.

5. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

6. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

7. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

8. Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

9. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

10. When you are disposing of 4th of July decorations and fireworks, make sure that they are completely free of heat and fire. This way there will not be a smoldering fire happening after the party is over. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!

 





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