Happy July 4 to Everyone!
From everyone on the In The News staff to everyone who follows our blog:
Have a Wonderful Independence Day!
It’s about to be another wonderful July 4th here in Florida, and everyone’s determined to enjoy a day of celebrations, barbecues, and, of course, fireworks (in spite of the weather forecast and Tropical Storm Arthur).
We just wanted to say thank you for making 2014 a wonderful year so far, and wish you all a happy and safe holiday.
To that end, we’ve assembled a few…
Fireworks Safety Tips for Independence Day
One of the most memorable parts of any July 4th celebration is the lighting of fireworks. Whether you plan to attend a big fireworks show or just want to light off a few sparklers with close friends, it’s important to exercise caution with fireworks.
Remember that all fireworks will, by their very nature, be highly flammable. Avoid smoking near boxes of fireworks, and keep any propane tanks or other fuel containers WELL away from fireworks displays. Keep a bucket of water handy to dispose of spent fireworks.
If a firework does not fire properly within a few seconds of being lit, do not try to reignite it. Douse the dud and dispose of it. For disposal purposes, keep a pair of thick, flame-resistant gloves and eye/face protection handy as well; “dud” fireworks have been known to unexpectedly reignite.
Keep fireworks that are not being used in a cool, dry place and study the instructions on the firework carefully. Use fireworks only as instructed.
Avoid pointing a firework, whether lit or not, directly at other people. Also, do not throw fireworks at others.
Before igniting fireworks near grass, make sure that the grass is not too dry. Dry grass catches fire more easily, making it a larger risk.
When purchasing fireworks, make sure that they are in compliance with local restrictions. For example, here in Florida, skyrockets and other fireworks that are designed to explode or be propelled through the air are expressly forbidden without a permit (which needs to be filed 15 days in advance).
Fireworks, when properly handled, can be a beautiful way to display your patriotic spirit (and to enjoy a flashy, sparkly show). To see a really impressive display with the full panoply of rockets and sky-high sparklers, it’s often recommended that you go to a professional show, which is typically safer than trying to put on such a display in your back yard.
Now that the safety advice is out of the way…
Happy 4th of July!
We hope that you enjoy a safe, fun Independence Day.
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