Yes, it has been a very wet year so far, yet after a few of these hot 90-degree days you can start seeing a couple of dry patches in your yard. So with the July 4th holiday upon us, it’s important to remember some safety tips to keep you and your home safe.
As tempting as it is to set fireworks off in your backyard, why not leave it up to the professionals? Besides the fact that fireworks can be expensive (and sometimes even illegal), the professional shows are going to be more impressive and free, not to mention safe.
For those of you who insist on putting on your own show, here are a few tips to making the display a pleasant memory instead of a four-alarm event.
- Above all else, make sure your fireworks are legal in your area. Just because your brother-in-law bought some from a roadside stand in another state (and he swears they are reallllly good), doesn’t mean you can use them here in Pennsylvania. Just be certain you are within the law.
- As mentioned previously noted, some things are just starting to get a little dry. Always be aware of the vegetation around where you plan to set off fireworks – this includes those sparklers as well. Even the tiniest of sparks can cause a fire. The best spot for handling fireworks would be a large paved area. And remember to always have a fire extinguisher and/or a hose or water bucket handy. Don’t forget that it’s not only where you light the fireworks, but also where they land – so be smart.
- It goes without saying that you need to steer clear of all buildings when lighting fireworks. No one needs a rogue lit firework landing on a rooftop.
- Fireworks always require supervision. Adults only, obviously! But just because you are an “adult” doesn’t mean that common sense and safety should be forgotten. We’ve all seen the news videos around this time of year where the mannequin’s hand is blown off holding a firework – or their clothes are set on fire.
- Care should always be taken when storing fireworks. Keep them dry and in a plastic or metal container. Never use a simple cardboard box. Stay away from ignitable materials like gasoline or kerosene or near a heat source. The best storage area would be in a shed or structure that is away from the home.
The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate. But be smart about it and safe. Your home, property, and even your life depends on it.