4th of July
Independence Day Fireworks and Fun
Red, white and blue – Independence Day is a time to reflect on this wonderful country and the many freedoms we have. Americans celebrate in many different ways for July 4th – cookouts, picnics at the lake, pool or beach, and always enjoying traditional homemade foods and fireworks.
Fireworks are a key component to a fantastic Fourth, but always put safety first. Here are some tips*:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks - read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area - away from buildings and vehicles.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials
Also remember, not everyone enjoys a fireworks show. Keep in mind that some of our United States Veterans suffer from post – traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the multicolor pyrotechnics and unexpected blasts can trigger memories of combat and induce panic attacks. Be aware of your neighbors – if you see a sign that reads “Combat Veteran Lives Here, Please Be Courteous,” find another location to enjoy your fireworks show.
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*Source: National Council on Fireworks Safety