Happy 4th of July safety

The 4th of July, again!

This is the day when we take time to celebrate American Independence.  In the year of 1776, the Continental Congress voted; and with that vote, birthed the United States of America as an independent nation.

At this time of the year, we take a day or 2 off from work, gather with family and friends, drinking, eating BBQ and other good grilled foods and just relax.  We bask in the good summer weather as we gaze up into the clear night’s sky and watch celebrator fireworks light up the night.

At the same time we may pop-off a few of our own fireworks display.  Fire crackers, sparklers, M-80's, snakes bombs, and more.... The lights, flares, fizz, pop pop pop and booms, all bring smiles, wows and cheers when done properly by a responsible adult.  Sadly, when fireworks are not done properly, they can bring danger, pain and permanent injury.

Believe it or not, the 4th of July causes many accidents and even deaths across the country every year.  

According to the LA Times, ”The Fourth of July is the most dangerous American holiday weekend of the year, experts say.”

Here at SafeHolmes, we pride ourselves on helping to spread safety and precautionary tips in any area that we can.

Firework related accidents span from the loss of fingers, hands and other limbs, to blindness, to death.   Let’s not forget to mention about property damage.

“According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commision (CPSC), almost 12,000 people were taken to the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries in 2015.”

I’ve seen a lot, after a number of the 4th of July celebrations in my life.  I’ve seen great times and a few not so great incidents.  I can bore you and scare you with articles from many different sources about all the tragedies that have occurred over the years, but that’s not what we want to do.  SafeHolmes' main goal is to inform and help educate each reader and ask you to be careful at this time.  Be responsible for yourself and others around you. 

While having fun, don't get so caught up in the festivities that you forget to think twice about what “could happen” to someone you love.

 

Here are some tips we’d like to offer are:

 

  • Only allow responsible adults to handle a fireworks / devices
  • Never allow children to handle a firework / device
  • If a child is allowed to use a firework / device, make sure that it is non-explosive (like a simple sparkler) and that the child is closely supervised by responsible adults

 

    • Check local laws and only use legal, consumer-grade fireworks
    • Some fireworks could be improperly made and be more like dynamite
    • Leave professional fireworks to the professionals
    • If using consumer fireworks, make sure you keep a bucket of water or a hose handy
    • Don't try to relight a firework that turns out to be a dud
    • Be safe and have fun!
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