Happy July 4: Bringing Home Firework Safety
From my focus group of one firefighter (husband), I’ve learned that July 4th, Halloween and New Year’s Eve are all pretty tough shifts for firefighters and paramedics. Between fireworks and alcohol (and in the case of Halloween, costumes), it makes sense that a lot of senseless accidents and injuries happen on those days.
You can help your hometown have a happier 4th of July by sharing a few firework safety tips. Alerting your local paper or news network gets the word out and positions your organization as a leader in community safety. Publishing to your organization’s social media or asking your city/county to do such has the same effect with a more grassroots approach.
To help you promote community safety, here are a few tips and websites promoting firework safety.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. Let your young children use glow sticks instead.
- Only use fireworks outdoors away from buildings on a flat, level, hard, fireproof surface that is free from debris.
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.
To all the first responders spending the holiday away from their families and in the field, thank you. Happy 4th of July everyone!