Fireworks safety: Summer, Memorial Day Weekend, The Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend are times to celebrate and spend time with family and friends outdoors creating great memories. Barbeques, grilling, cookouts in backyards, parks and neighborhood block parties are fun and exciting. However, before your family, friends and neighbors celebrate; make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.
D’Orsa and Associates, LLC public adjusters recommend that the best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals. You may find fireworks near you at: Fireworks Map or other website just Google “Fireworks near me.” Lighting fireworks at home may not be legal in many areas. However, if you still want to light fireworks, be sure to check with your local police department first. If residential fireworks are legal where you live, keep these safety tips in mind:
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
Children should not handle or play with fireworks. Firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give children 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.
Buy only legal fireworks (legal fireworks have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions; illegal ones are unlabeled), and keep them in a cool, dry place. Never carry fireworks in your pocket. Illegal fireworks usually go by the names M-80, M100, blockbuster, or quarter pounder. These explosives were banned in 1966, but still account for many fireworks injuries.
Never try to make your own fireworks. Never experiment with homemade or altered fireworks.
Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest. 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. Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from flammable materials.
Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear some sort of eye protection, and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off.
Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and never relight a dud. Never ignite fireworks in any kind of container; point or throw fireworks at people or animals, or use fireworks as weapons. Don’t allow children to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still ignite and can explode at any time. Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash.
Fireworks safety is also very important for your precious dogs, and cats. Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.
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. If it’s a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn (do not use ice). Call your doctor immediately.
The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period. If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in children and adults.
Remember, should you suffer any damages, including all fire and smoke damages contact the local fire department, and then call D’Orsa and Associates, LLC public adjusters to handle your insurance claim. (877) 742-3587.
D’Orsa and Associates, LLC public adjusters wish all a very fun filled safe and Happy Fourth of July! Thank you to all those who have served to give u and maintain our freedom! Keep all First Responders safe and in your prayers this Fourth of July and throughout the year!
Enjoy the food and fireworks! Happy 4th of July!
God Bless America!