Independence Day is here. With fireworks and firecrackers come fires. To ensure the safety of your family and neighborhood, keep the following tips in mind:
- While at a fireworks show, stay at least 125-feet away from the area where the fireworks will be set-off.
- Do not touch any fireworks that have fallen to the ground or even partial parts of a firework. Do not pick up any fireworks that look like they did not explode. Instead, contact the local fire department.
- Keep animals away from fireworks displays. The loud noises can hurt their sensitive ears or scare them, causing them to run away.
- Keep children and pets at a safe distance away from the grill and grilling tools.
- Never fire a gun into the air in celebration of Independence Day. A stray bullet can unintentionally hurt someone. Plus, it is against the law to do this in many states.
- Only light fireworks outdoors.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby while setting-off fireworks.
- Youth under the age of 16 should always be supervised when handling fireworks.
- Do not drink and light. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.