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By Don Smies 

Firework Safety

 


Whether you like to light a sparkler or two or plan the most eye-catching display in your neighborhood, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind before you start the show.

Always have adult supervision and wear eye protection when lighting fireworks. Make sure the area is safe and clear of dried leaves and other things that might catch fire easily. And of course have a charged hose or a bucket of water nearby in case of an emergency. Follow the label instructions and use common sense. Never point or throw fireworks at another person or shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers. Light one firework at a time and never attempt to retrieve or re-ignite a firework that did not light properly. Never have any portion of your body over the firework when lighting it, once you’ve lit the fuse back up immediately and maintain a safe distance. Lastly, as an extra precaution, douse burned fireworks with plenty of water before discarding them in the trash.

Fireworks aren’t fun for some pets. Keep your pets safe through July 4th celebrations with these simple tips. Create a safe haven for your pets in a sheltered, escape-proof part of your home with plenty of water. Use ambient noise by turning on the TV or radio to muffle the sounds of fireworks. You can also reduce the amount of flashes your pet can see by closing the curtains or blinds and turning on inside lights. Keep them busy with treats or a new toy, this can help distract them. Don’t punish your pet for being scared of the fireworks. If you stay calm and ignore it, they will learn to do the same. Finally, more pets go missing on July 4th than any other day. Make sure your pet is wearing its identification tag in case it gets out and runs away or gets lost.

Be sure and check the City Ordinances and County Resolutions about the use of fireworks in your area and make sure you are not under a burn ban.

 

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