Here in Montana, the 4th of July always seems to represent the start of summer. After a rainy June in Gallatin County, it’s time for fun in the sun and celebrations with friends and family. Along with the celebration—and with fireworks—there are some safety issues to consider in order to make sure that the weekend is as safe as it is enjoyable.
Fireworks Safety Tips from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission
Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Food Safety Tips:
Planning for a 4th of July BBQ with friends and family? Check out USDA BBQ and Food Safety Tips for tips on how to prevent food borne illness.
Fun in the Sun:
Have fun in the sun, but make sure to protect yourself and your family by using lots of sunscreen, covering up, and limiting your exposure to direct sunlight. Read all about sun safety here.
Wishing you and your family a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!