Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for people across the country. Let’s face it—there’s nothing like spending time with family and friends and watching the sky light up in dazzling colors of red, white, and blue. This year, we want to ensure that you know how to celebrate Independence Day safely. Below, we discuss a few essential safety tips to keep in mind.
Use Fireworks With Caution
Please remember that most fireworks are illegal in Colorado. Any fireworks that leave the ground, such as firecrackers, rockets, roman candles, etc are illegal except for public and professional displays. Permissible fireworks for home enjoyment are non-explosive and not intended to leave the ground, such as fountains, ground spinners, and illuminating torches. However, even those are not without risk.
If you plan to celebrate at home with fireworks, it’s important that you do so with extreme caution. Only light fireworks outside and away from anything flammable. Never point fireworks towards a person or animal. Never try to reignite duds or malfunctioning ones. You should also keep a garden hose nearby that you can use to drench fireworks with before disposing of them to be sure that they do not ignite from the heat.
If you prefer to enjoy the exploding, colorful, design creating fireworks, please do so at one of the many public or professional July 4th displays. Buying or handling illegal fireworks at your residence could lead to fines and serious injuries. Instead, you can look up local events with fireworks planned near you.
Keep an Eye on Children
Children are especially at risk of sustaining injuries on the Fourth of July. Never allow children to handle or light fireworks themselves, and older children should only be permitted to do so with an adult supervising close by.
While sparklers are a popular option for children, they are not necessarily safe. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), sparklers account for nearly half of all firework-related ER visits in children under 5. The agency recommends giving children safer alternatives, such as confetti poppers, glow sticks, or colored streamers.
Do Not Drink and Drive
While everyone wants to celebrate on Independence Day, it’s important to remember that drunk driving accidents spike during this holiday. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) even calls it one of the deadliest days on the roads due to drunk driving-related fatalities.
If you will be consuming alcohol, have a plan to get home safely that does not involve drinking and driving. Designate a sober driver or call a taxi cab or rideshare vehicle. Alternatively, if you are celebrating at someone’s home that you know and trust, plan to spend the night there. Social hosts should also ensure that those who were consuming alcohol are not driving afterward.
Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses
After a cold winter, many are looking forward to taking advantage of the warmer weather in Colorado. Those planning or attending outdoor gatherings should make sure to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses, such as sunburns, dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.
Remember to always stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Those consuming alcohol should drink water more frequently. Additionally, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 in the morning and throughout the day. Take breaks from the direct sun by sitting down in the shade or inside so you don’t overheat.
Our team hopes that these safety tips help you stay safe this holiday. From all of us at Klein Frank, P.C., we wish you and your entire family a happy Fourth of July!
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