The Fourth of July holiday celebration is just a couple of weeks away. Weather permitting, we’ll be outside enjoying a backyard barbeque or hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. The dazzlement of fireworks will light up the skies beginning at 9:30 at Cutler Park in Waukesha. No matter what our age, we all love “the 4th”.
As with any holiday comes the need for safety and this one comes with the reminder to practice fire safety.
It is reported by the U.S. Fire Administration that each year more than 8,000 Americans experience fire-related injuries or damages and more than half of those take place during the first week of July. While property loss from fires related to fireworks may be fewer (because this activity typically takes place outside in open fields or near water), the past year’s dry weather raises the fire risk.
Don’t let fire ruin the fun for your Fourth of July festivities. Keep in mind a few simple fireworks safety tips:
- Be sure to wear clothing that will not hang down into a flame while lighting fireworks.
- Fireworks should never be lit indoors or near dry grass.
- Back away from lit fireworks.
- Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. Unmarked fireworks (no directions, warnings or content list) should never be lit.
- Be sure to have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water close by.
Following these steps can keep yourself and your loved one safe and make for a happy celebration. Though you cannot prevent all possible problems, following safety precautions can reduce your risk. Be safe and have fun on this July 4th holiday.