Fun, Family, and the Fourth of July!

CupcakesHow does that song go? Summertime and the livin’s easy…or something like that.  Anyway, it’s almost the Fourth of July.  Yep, that magical night when kids everywhere get to stay up late and watch fireworks in their jammies.  What a great tradition.  And the picnics and barbecues…mmm, mmm, what a great holiday.

But just to make sure we’re all here for another year’s display, here are some safety tips to keep in mind from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  (I broke them up with some lovely pictures, you know, to lighten the mood and entertain the right brain!)

Fireworks 1

Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.  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.

Fireworks 2

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.  (Disclaimer:  author is personally skeptical of anything purchased in a brown paper bag!)

Snake

Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.  Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.  (Again I feel I must chime in…Doesn’t this extremely flammable attire scream “Danger, Danger”?!  She could melt all of her bangles!)

Fireworks 3

Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.  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.

Fireworks 4

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.  (Is it just me, or does it look like a witch burning in that fire?  Maybe some tips for fire safety are in order!)

Fireworks 5

And last, but not least, never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.  We want the fireworks exploding in the sky, not in your hands.  And I don’t think showers of glass are as fun to watch as trails of the grand finale!

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