July 4th Is Right Around the Corner

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the Independence Day holiday approaches I would like to take this opportunity to explain some reminders and safety tips just incase you decide to light off some fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on the 4th of July than on any other day and ½ of those are caused by fireworks. Therefore, I believe this is a very important topic to address. Below are a few tips to ensure your safety and the safety of others:

  • When around fireworks always wear safety glasses and do not wear loose clothing.
  • Always have an adult to supervise young children operating fireworks.
  • Follow the instructions printed and read all labels before using/lighting fireworks
  • Limit lighting fireworks to one at a time.
  • Have a safe landing zone for aerial fireworks. Make sure you consider wind direction, and ignitability of all things in the landing zone.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close by.
  • Do not hold fireworks while trying to ignite them. The proper way to ignite a firework is by laying them down, lighting it and walking away.
  • Do not ignite aerial fireworks where trees, wires, etc. are nearby or close to an opening of a building.
  • Never throw fireworks or point them in the direction of people. Do not carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Make sure you keep spectators in a safe place away from fireworks.

Incase you are wondering what the laws regarding fireworks in Pennsylvania are check out this site that answers many questions people might have about fireworks in Pennsylvania.

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