News>Feature - Firework Safety: Declare independence from accidents
The 1st Special Operations Wing Safety office suggests the following tips for handling fireworks and watching fireworks displays during a Fourth of July celebration. (Courtesy photo by Barbara Fuller/Released)
6/26/2012 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- July 4th is one of the biggest holidays of the year. Independence Day honors the birth of the United States of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
It's a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks and a great reason to celebrate being an American.
But don't let misplaced enthusiasm ruin your celebration with careless use of fireworks.
The following tips about fireworks and shows can help you and your family avoid injury and have a great Fourth of July.
Fireworks - Use common sense!
Alcohol and fireworks - DO NOT MIX!
Only use outdoors
Never try to re-light malfunctioning fireworks
Always have water on hand (A hose or bucket)
Don't wear loose clothing while using fireworks
Wear gloves and eye protection
No one under 12 years of age should handle fireworks - and then only supervised
Always keep an eye on children around fireworks
Do not alter or combine any fireworks- use only as intended
Always read the directions and warning labels; if a device is not marked with contents, directions and a warning label - DO NOT USE!
Never experiment with, modify or make your own fireworks
Obey local laws - illegal if it flies or explodes
Never point or throw at people or animals
Never carry fireworks in your pocket
Stand several feet away from lit fireworks
If possible, only light fireworks on a concrete surface
If a device doesn't go off, don't stand over it to investigate; put it out with water and dispose of it.
Be aware of increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic
Be cautious to other drivers or pedestrians
Be cautious for people that may have been drinking
Be prepared and bring chairs or blankets; plenty of water to drink; sunscreen for daytime and bug repellent for nighttime.
By following these tips, you and your family can have a happy and safe Independence Day celebration.
For more information, contact the 1st Special Operations Wing Safety office at 884-7615.