Play Safe With Fireworks On 4th Of July

By
Home Inspector with HomeSafe Inspection

 We can hardly find an American who hasn't celebrated Independence Day in his lifetime. Along with the tempting smell of delicious hot dogs and burgers, fireworks have always played a very significant role on Independence Day celebration. 2007 will be of no exception to this tradition – no controversy about it. But how many of us are aware of the legal and safety rules while playing with these dangerous things? Have we ever wondered that these attractive fireworks can snatch all our fun with a flick of the finger and can expose us to the risk of serious injuries and even death if not used safely?

Your safety measures do not start while setting fire to the crackers, rather it starts while planning to Celebrate 4th of July with fireworks. If you are planning for a firework celebration on this Independence Day, you should gather all the necessary information regarding the related safety rules and also where to buy those fireworks and what type of things are legal.

In USA, the fireworks have been classified into two categories -- “consumers” and “displays”. Each state of America has different legal bindings regarding each category of fireworks. A genuine trader is expected to know his state's firework laws and what is the right one for you. While the consumer fireworks requires no license for use, the display fireworks are not allowed if your are not a firework professional.

Knowing The Basic Safety Rules Independence Day is a day to celebrate the birth anniversary of our nation with fun. No one wants to spoil the day, ending up with visiting a doctor or going to hospital. Knowing and abiding by some of the basic safety rules will ensure an exceptional enjoyment while celebrating nation's birthday.

Keeping the Important Phone numbers: The first thing that you must do is to take all the contact numbers of the local fire brigades and police stations. This will let you to take immediate and effective action if anything goes wrong in coarse of your 4th of July celebration.

Use Legal fireworks: The consumers fireworks, which includes general firecrackers, smokers, sparklers etc. are also referred to as DOT 1.4 G fireworks and are legal as per the federal law.

Making fireworks: Making fireworks are both illegal and unwise even if you know how to make it. The fireworks have to be tasted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and meet every single requirement regarding composition, quantity of pyrotechnic components and stability of the products under heat and stress. It is only after the CPSC has classified the product as "consumer fireworks" that it becomes legal and allowed to be used.

Consuming Alcohol: Remember that if you have consumed alcohol, it may impair your ability of judgment. It is naturally not safe to play with fireworks when you are drunk.

Sparklers: These are one of the safest form of fireworks we have ever seen. But studies have still shown that more than 50% of firework injuries in children occurs due to improper use of the sparklers. Even after the sparklers are burnt off the heat remains for a long span of time which can cause accidents at any point.

Unused fireworks: Always keep the unused fireworks away from the place you are lighting them from. Keep those in the hand of a responsible adult.

Relighting a dud: Relighting a dud is one of the most dangerous attempt that may claim our lives at any point of time by exploding at even after minutes. So the basic norm is to wait for 20-25 minutes and then soak the dud n the bucket of water and throw it away.

Fireworks With children: Fireworks often find their way into the hands of children. Remember that the fireworks are gunpowder explosives which can bring harm to the children by making them blind, burning or injured otherwise.

Keeping Children Away: Fireworks have always been a fun for people of all age -- especially the children. Parents should look after their kids and must maintain safe distance with them.

These are all very simple yet most significant points to be kept in the forefront of your mind while celebrating Independence Day this year. As per a report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention two-third of the overall firework accidents occur in the days surrounding Independence Day each year. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) reported that in 2003 an estimated 9300 people had to be treated in Emergency Departments and four were reported to be died due to firework accidents. May you all have a safe and a happy Independence Day.

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Julia Hayes is a freelance writer with a passion for ecards and getting connected with people through blogs and social networks. She writes blogs on Fourth of July Wishes and Ecards.

Comments (4)

Christopher Pike, 803.727.7800
Keller Williams® Realty - Columbia, SC

Thanks for the Safety Tips.

Safety First!!

Christopher Pike

Jul 02, 2007 01:53 AM
MAUREEN STACCATO
Springfield, MA

Great post full of safety tips! Most kids have no idea just how dangerous fireworks can be!

Let's also be real about it too some folks once they have had too much to drink also forget about safety!

Jul 02, 2007 01:55 AM
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Most kids have no idea, and lots of men don't either!  My husband got caught in the spray of a "dud" that decided to go off about 5 minutes after it was lighted.  He bent over the firework to see what the deal was and it started going off, fortunately with a spray of sparks first instead of the projectory.
Jul 02, 2007 02:31 AM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Phillip,
I love July 4th with all the parades, fireworks and picnics but I leave the fireworks to the professionals.  But thank you for providing the safety tips for those who choose to do their own.
Jul 02, 2007 02:36 AM