Fourth of July Safety Tips


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Fourth of July Safety Tips

The Fourth of July means fun, families, food and fireworks. This holiday season, we encourage you to take precautions to keep you and your family safe from serious burns and injuries.


We offer you and your family the following safety tips:  

  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks
  • Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks
  • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can
  • Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting
  • Avoid using homemade fireworks
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix

Safety tips for using sparklers:

  • Always remain standing while using sparklers
  • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers
  • Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time
  • Never throw sparklers
  • Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out
  • Drop used sparklers in a bucket of water
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers


Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!