Fireworks are a big part of many Fourth of July celebrations. Fireworks are known for their beauty, but they can also be dangerous. Follow these fireworks safety tips to make sure you and your family have a fun and safe Fourth of July!
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances.
- Alcohol, drugs, and fireworks do not mix. Do not use fireworks if you are under the influence.
- Dispose of spent fireworks properly by soaking them in water and disposing in a metal trash can,
away from combustible materials.
Protect Your Pets
- Do not take your pets to a fireworks display.
- Do not leave them in the car by themselves or unattended outside.
- Keep all pets inside. If you are having guests, keep the pets in a room that is off-limits to the guests and provide the animals with plenty of food and water.
- Create a calming environment. Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects.
- Play soothing music or keep the TV on and keep the room as quiet as possible to outside noise by closing windows, doors and blinds.
- Do not let pets sniff or ingest fireworks.
- Make sure your pet is licensed and wearing its license tag.