Fireworks Safety Is For Everyone: Protecting Your Home This July 4th

by Ben SanfordJune 22, 2016

Keep Your Home and Family Safe This July 4th

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and while you’re getting the bunting, the apple pie, and your American flag bikini in working order, you might want to pay attention to the greatest delight and greatest potential bummer that each Independence day brings: fireworks.

Nothing beats the awe-inspiring drama of watching fireworks go off, especially if you’re a kid (of any age). So to make this year’s celebration a great one, without a trip to the ER or a visit from the fire department (or ticket-issuing Fire Marshall), pay attention to this quick guide to fireworks safety.

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Know the Law and Your Fireworks

Before you make a purchase at the fireworks stand or your local supermarket, make sure that you understand the law in your area, regarding the use of fireworks. The ultimate liability for what happens while lighting those fireworks will fall to you, the homeowner, so it’s best to understand what’s legal and what’s not in your area.

Additionally, make sure that you thoroughly read the directions and safety instructions that come with your fireworks purchase. Just because it sounds or looks like something you’ve used in the past, doesn’t meant that it is or that it can be safely operated based on your recollection from a previous holiday.

Be Prepared for Fireworks Problems

You may not be a former boy scout, but you can still make preparation your ally in the fight against regret this summer by making sure that you are ready for any likely (or somewhat unlikely) contingency when lighting fireworks. Having a bucket or two of sand or water on hand is typically a good place to start.

Make sure that your lighting surface is well lit enough that you can see what you’re doing, level enough that fireworks that are supposed to shoot upward don’t end up on their side or rolling into the bushes, and clear of debris (especially flammable debris).

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Adult Sober Supervision

Fireworks are a delight to most children, but that does not mean that children should be allowed to light them off with adult supervision. Additionally, there are several types of fireworks that shouldn’t be lit by children, regardless of their level of supervision. And, keep in mind that alcohol and fireworks are a potentially deadly mix. Make sure that anyone lighting the fireworks or in the immediate vicinity of the fireworks lighting area is not inebriated.

Some Do’s and Don’ts for a Safe and Happy 4th

No one is trying to throw a wet blanket on your party. The rocket’s red glare and the bombs bursting in air should always be a part any good Fourth of July celebration.

With a little preparation, some sober adult supervision, and a bit of common sense – don’t throw lit fireworks into metal or glass containers; don’t carry fireworks in your pocket; don’t experiment with homemade fireworks – everything should go off without a hitch. Happy celebrating!


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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.