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Fireworks Safety Tips for Independence Day

The Fourth of July just isn’t the same without setting off some fireworks of your own! But, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an average 230 fireworks-related injuries near and on the 4th of July. As your local insurance resource, it is our responsibility to remind everyone how important it is to stay safe while you celebrate our nation’s birthday! Here are just a few things to keep in mind this week:

Remember The Basics

  • Keep a bucket of water nearby. Pour it on used fireworks before disposing of them.
  • Don’t keep fireworks of any kind in your pockets.
  • Heavily supervise children if they’re playing with little fireworks. Even sparklers burn at over 1000 degrees. 
  • It’s not a good idea to light more than one firework at a time.
  • Make sure any fireworks that launch into the sky are secure enough to not topple over before lighting them.
  • Remember to back up quickly after lighting a firework (we’re looking at you, Terry).
  • When setting off “the big ones” wear safety goggles/eye protection.

Follow the instructions.

Fireworks are not the time to get creative. Follow all the manufacturer’s instructions and don’t try anything adventurous.

Don’t try to force the duds to light up.

If you’ve got a firework that refuses to light, don’t try to keep lighting it over and over again. Just give up, wait twenty minutes, then wet it down before throwing it away. Fireworks that won’t light can be very dangerous.

Understand your local fireworks laws.

Make sure you know what kind of fireworks are allowed to be used and when you can use them. Your city or town might have certain rules that they expect you to follow. And please, don’t use any illegal fireworks. 

Respect the fur babies.

Fireworks can be very scary for pets.  Set up a quiet, calm room inside your house (preferably somewhere where noise is muffled) to give them a place to hide. For their sake, don’t take them to a fireworks show.

 

We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July and stay safe celebrating! Remember to give our agents at Goss Insurance a call with all of your insurance needs.