5 Tips to Ensure Your Kids Stay Safe Around Fireworks

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Fireworks are beautiful, but dangerous.

5 Tips to Ensure Your Kids Stay Safe Around Fireworks

On July 4th, we celebrate our nation’s independence by lighting up the sky with fireworks.  We all look forward to watching our childrens’ faces light up, too!  Don’t let the “ooohs” and “ahhhs” become “ooohs” and “noooos” and follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable celebration with your kids!

The display of bangs, bursts and sparkles are always a highlight of summer evenings, especially as our nation celebrates Independence Day, but those evenings can go downhill pretty quickly.  Fireworks are beautiful, but dangerous.  In the month of July, an average of over 250 people visit the emergency room each day, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Here are a few ways to help keep your family safe.

Leave Fireworks to the Pros.

The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.

Find a Substitute for Sparklers.

Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. An alternative to sparklers can glow sticks. They can be just as fun, and they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass!

Take Necessary Precautions.

If you do decide to light fireworks yourself, be extra careful. Make sure you’re not wearing loose clothing when handling matches or fireworks. Never use fireworks indoors.Outside, point them away from homes and people, and steer clear of brush, leaves, dry grass and flammable substances.

Keep Your Distance.

Make sure everyone is positioned far back from where fireworks are being lit. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate or re-light them.Instead, have a bucket of water nearby extinguish the dud!

Be Prepared for Problem.

Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and make sure you know how to operate it properly. When you’re finished with the fireworks, douse the remains with a bucket of water before disposing of them to avoid a trash fire.

Don’t Mix Alcohol with Fireworks.

While having a cold one watching the big show may seem like a natural fit, consider saving that drink to enjoy during a professional fireworks display!

Generally, fireworks have inherent risks that can bring catastrophic results, including unintentional fires.  Fireworks, like cigarette butts and discarded matches, can smolder, even if they seem to be completely out.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 16,000 reported fires are started by fireworks annually!

Truly enjoy those summer nights and protect yourself and your family and get the protection you need within the budget you want.  Get the most out of your insurance with Preferred Mutual and live assured.

This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not legal advice and/or an authoritative guide.

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