Fireworks and Fun

As Independence Day Approaches, many of us prepare for the celebrations that are filled with cookouts, fireworks, outdoor fun, and family gatherings. While this is a time for joy and patriotism, it is also crucial to prioritize safety. As we look forward to the dazzling display of fireworks that light up the sky. While fireworks, bonfires and sparklers may be thrilling and exciting, they also come with huge risk if handled incorrectly. We have compiled tips to keep you safe whether you are discharging your own fireworks, handling sparklers, starting a bonfire, and more.

Fireworks

  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Never throw or point fireworks towards people, animals, vehicles or structures
  • Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks
  • Light fireworks one at a time and never relight a “dud”
  • Only purchase firework from licensed sellers
  • Have a designated meeting spot in case your child gets separated from the family

Sparklers     

  • Never light them indoors
  • Keep a safe distance away when lighting fireworks
  • Hold sparklers at arm’s length while lit
  • Put finished sparkler in bucket of cold water
  • Consider these kid friendly alternatives: Glow sticks, confetti, streamers, silly string and more!

Bonfire

  • One person should be responsible for fire
  • Choose site away from structures, flammable items, hanging branches, and where there is heavy foot traffic
  • Keep water close in case of emergency
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry and tie back hair
  • Confirm the fire is out by feeling for heat with the back of your hand

Water Activities

  • Never consume alcohol when maneuvering a boat
  • Check that life preservers, first aid kits, and other safety items are near
  • Supervise children in or near water
  • Never swim alone
  • Check local beach conditions and forecast

Pet Safety

  • Consider getting a pet sitter or friend to stay with your pet if you will be away during fireworks
  • Ensure your pets ID tags or microchip are up to date as pets tend to escape due to the stressful noise and explosions during the holiday.
  • Watch for signs of heat strokes during the day and have a shaded area near by
  • Check outdoor areas for debris or other things that can be dangerous to pets
  • Make sure the environment is safe and secure for animals

As we all come together to celebrate, let’s not forget to keep safety at the forefront of our minds. By following these safety tips for handling or viewing fireworks, sparklers, bonfires, water activities, and caring for pets, we can all contribute to a safer community and environment. At AEP Energy we are committed to your wellbeing and hope these tips will help you have an enjoyable and safe holiday.

Sources:
https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2022/follow-these-steps-for-a-safe-4th-of-july.html
https://www.nsc.org/community-safety/safety-topics/seasonal-safety/summer-safety/fireworks
https://www.adt.com/resources/4th-of-july-safety-tips
https://readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/campfire-safety/
https://news.caloes.ca.gov/4th-of-july-weekend-celebration-water-safety-tips/
https://www.avma.org/resources/pet-owners/petcare/july-4-safety#:~:text=Consider%20putting%20your%20pets%20in,sure%20they%20don’t%20escape

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