4th of July is that one holiday in the summer we all look forward to. There is nothing like sitting by the pool, eating scrumptious barbecue and waiting ‘till nightfall to light the sparklers. However, with all this fun, we need to be safe so everybody can relax and enjoy the 4th of July. Here are some tips and tricks to have a safe 4th of July!
1. Sound Proofing
We are gathered with our loved ones. We want everyone to be comfortable and most importantly have fun. Babies, toddlers, and young children are a great addition to any party, but with the noises from the fireworks, it can upset them. A reasonable and easy route to go would be to use noise canceling earbuds or headphones.
2. No Illegal Fireworks
We all can agree that lighting fireworks is the quintessential event for the 4th of July. For the safety of your loved ones and others, it's best to learn your local laws and regulations that prohibit you from using illegal fireworks. Keep in mind illegal fireworks can be very dangerous. Be sure to use only store-bought fireworks or those that are supplied by vendors. As they are more likely to be safer. Please check if your city is on the list for lighting fireworks.
For more information on what cities allow fireworks here is a site for classification on fireworks and where use is permitted, see below.
3. Outdoor Use
With fireworks, the best way to be safe and still have fun lighting fireworks is being away from objects that will also combust. The 4th of July is a great way to celebrate your independence with a big bang, but burning down the neighborhood is something we all should try to avoid. So, be sure to ignite your fireworks on a stable surface stationed on concrete rather than grass.
4. Adult Supervision
Only adults should handle firecrackers and not children. The adult must ignite the fireworks in case of firework malfunctions.
5. Extinguisher and a Water Supply
Fireworks are fun but highly flammable. Some might have malfunctioned and go haywire, adding some unexpected sparks to your holiday. With those possibilities in mind, it’s best to be prepared for safety. Keep a bucket of water in the vicinity and if you can, even have a fire extinguisher just in case!
6. Do Not Reignite Fireworks that have Malfunctioned
It is very dangerous to relight fireworks that do not ignite or have malfunctioned. There may be residual effects from the malfunction. So, leave the damaged fireworks alone and start your celebration with a new firework.
7. Put Away Your Perishables
Food is a great way to bring people together. Throwing away or putting away anything that might cause food poisoning would keep everyone safe and happy. Consider separating two servings of dishes that contain perishable ingredients such as eggs, and fish. Ice down any of your foods that need refrigeration to make sure they stay safe.
8. Keep Your Pets in a Safe Room
We can agree that pets are one of your family members. You want them to be safe and comfortable. Big noises like fireworks can scare and stress your pets out. Keep them in an area where they are safe and can avoid all the loud sounds from the fireworks and they won’t run.
9. Watch Your Drinks
4th of July is a big celebration for both adults and children. Usually, adults would have a drink or two. With the grilling, relaxing, and having fun, adults can misplace their alcoholic drinks. Make sure to keep your drinks in your hands or a place away from children and minors. Have a designated bar area for adults and then another area for the children so it is easy to make sure the kids are not getting into the liquor area.
10. Safe Grilling
4th of July is all about those burgers and hot dogs! With that in mind, grilling is the best way to go! You can grill safely by making sure to keep a safe distance from children, pets, and trees. Because it still is known to be a hazard due to the random bursts of flames and embers.