Safety Committee offers tips for Fourth of July
Submitted by Sara Gabbard on behalf of the Safety Committee
Summer means picnics, barbecues, parades, backyard grills, bonfires and fireworks … and can also mean an increase in injuries from all of the aforementioned activities. The National Safety Council advises the best way to safely enjoy the Fourth of July is by watching public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if you cannot contain yourself .and just have to light up a few fireworks on your own (if legal where you live), please follow these important safety tips:
• Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
• Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
• Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.
• Light one device at a time; maintain a safe distance after lighting.
• Do not allow any running or horseplay while fireworks are begin used.
• Never ignite devices in a container.
• Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks; douse and soak them with water and discard them safely.
• Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire.