Be Safe this 4th of July
We have all heard the precautions and safety rules at least a few times when it comes to lighting fireworks. But do we really follow them, ”thinking it won’t happen to me or I know what I am doing”. The Richland County Injury Prevention Team would like to again remind the community to be safe this 4th of July. It is your actions and decisions that prevent or cause an injury or worse, a death.
Never allow young children to touch fireworks of any kind, including sparklers
Older teens should only be allowed to use fireworks under adult supervision
Read and follow label directions
Light only one firework at a time
Never stand directly over or close to fireworks while lighting them
Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks
Never throw or point fireworks at anyone
Never light fireworks in a container, especially a metal or glass container
Only use fireworks outdoors
Never light fireworks near buildings, dry leaves or grass, or other materials that can catch on fire
Always have water close by such as a garden hose or bucket of water
Never try to re-light a “dud” firework
Clean up the area and place all exploded fireworks in a metal container overnight before placing in the trash.