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June 28, 2016

4th of July Safety


Before everyone leaves for an extended holiday weekend, here at Continuum Services, we  wanted take a moment to address an immediate safety concern that everyone should not overlook.

One of the traditions that comes along with summer is fireworks.  It seems at this time of year there are endless  opportunities to view a professional firework shows all through the area.  These professional shows are safe, family friendly environments for you and your families to view some spectacular firework displays.

However, as the July 4th holiday approaches this coming weekend, you may have noticed an increasing number of temporary pop-up  firework stands all throughout the area.  If you or family and friends decide to purchase and put on your own backyard show it is important  to remind everyone to follow these tips to keep yourselves, and all those around you as safe as possible.

Please take a look at the safety tips and statistics below and the attachments above,  remember to keep these things in mind as you enjoy a wonderful weekend with your friends and family.


Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

  1. The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
  2. If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.

Be Extra Careful With Sparklers

  1. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
  2. Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.

Take Necessary Precautions

  1. Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  2. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  3. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances

Be Prepared for an Accident or Injury

  1. Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
  2. Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
  3. If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.


Fireworks Injuries

Source: http://www.safekids.org