Staying Safe on the Fourth of July
The Voluntary Protection Program Office of the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry (DOLI) has sent out a list of safety tips for summer activities such as boating, fireworks displays and grilling.
Fireworks displays can be fun and awe-inspiring and are a tradition for the Fourth of July. DOLI hopes you will take these proper precautions when operating fireworks to keep your family and pets safe during fireworks displays.
No Homemade Fireworks!
Never disassemble purchased fireworks or try to make your own fireworks from explosives, matches, gasoline, etc.
Don’t point sparklers or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they’re being lit.
Don't Set Off Fireworks While Holding Them
Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that are dry and fire-resistant.
You Need Those Fingers!!
Don’t attempt to light multiple devices at the same time.
2,000 Degrees and Small Children Don't Mix
Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers. Children love sparklers – who doesn't? – but remember that sparklers burn at a temperature of 2,000 degrees.
Use fireworks outdoors, not in the house, and always keep a portable fire extinguisher close by. Also keep a water hose or buckets of water nearby to put out fires.
Fireworks Are Frightening for Pets and Other Animals
"I love backyard neighborhood fireworks on the Fourth of July," said no pet owner, ever. Fireworks scare most pets. Shelters are filled with runaway dogs after the Fourth of July. Keep your pets inside and make sure they are wearing collars and identification tags.
Teens and Children Most at Risk of Injury
From bad burns, to mangled hands to injured eyes, children and teens are most likely to be victims of firework injuries.