7 Holiday Safety Tips for Independence DayBy Robert Siciliano July 3, 2012 | 4:00 PMPosted in: Fire Prevention, Family
Who doesn’t love fireworks! But nobody like getting hurt. It’s a small miracle that I have all 10 fingers and can see out of both eyes because during my teens and 20’s I didn’t everything possibly wrong when it came to personal safety and fireworks.
Call it luck or divine intervention I’m here today to tell you how to have a safe holiday with all your digits and eyeballs intact.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety and your local fire department are the best resources to prevent fires and learn how to handle fireworks safely.
Here seven holiday safety tips for this 4th of July:
Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket). If you are more than the length of a hose make sure the bucket is on hand.
Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them. Modifying explosives is never a good idea. Use as instructed.
Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. Great tip because they smolder. And NEVER toss in a fire!
Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses. It’s not a bad idea that EVERYONE wear safety glasses.
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter." Yes, tequila and roman candle fights might seem like a good idea, but NOT.
Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type. At least 12.
Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community. And today making explosives might get the FBI, ATF or Department Homeland Security.
Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing ADT Pulse on Fox News. Disclosures.
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