Happy Independence Day everyone! It is 1:15 am here in Oklahoma. I can’t sleep due to the excessive firework play happening on the next street over, so I decided, why not post on my blog!!! I will be posting a picture of my red, white, and blue make up later today! First, I think we should talk about 4th of July safety! I mean I have done my fair share of drinking beer and playing with explosives, but is it really the best idea to put 15 black cats into a red diamond sweet tea bottle with your child eagerly watching (this is for my hubby who thinks this is the most fun you can have)… Probably not. So here is my list of 4th of July safety tips especially around children and fireworks.
- Never leave alcoholic drinks where children and pets can get to them. Alcohol can pose serious threats to children and pets. Make sure you keep it out of their reach.’
- Never let young children light or play with fireworks. Fireworks are EXPLOSIVES. Would you give your kid a lighter and a few sticks of dynamite? I don’t think so, so why would you let them light and play with Roman Candles or Black Cats. 200 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Don’t let your child (or husband) be one of them.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. 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. My rule has always been to stay away from the firework for at least 30 minutes and then pour water over it, but don’t hold me to it. That is just how we do things in my family.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person. DUH!! See #1 about the Dynamite…
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. Once again I am referring to my hubby and his addiction to putting black cats inside stuff…
- 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.
For safe firework fun, go to a local PROFESSIONAL fireworks display!!
Have a happy and safe 4th of July and I will talk to you later with my 4th of July make up tutorial!
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.