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Was that Gunshots or Fireworks? Safety Tips for Your July 4th

By July 1, 2011April 15th, 2018General Updates


During July 4th weekend a few years ago, I thought I was going to die. I awoke and “hit the deck” to what sounded and looked like gun shots right outside my first floor apartment window. After crawling through my apartment on my hands and knees, I realized that it was just someone lighting fireworks dangerously close to my driveway! Now, this may seem like common sense to some- but while loud, exciting and awe-inspiring to see, fireworks can also pose a pretty big hazard if the people setting them off are not experts. So, while at first I was relieved that there was no gangster war outside my apartment, I got annoyed that someone could’ve started a fire by setting off fireworks so close to my home. Fireworks can be dangerous, causing fires and serious burn and eye injuries. You can prevent firework-related injuries and deaths this July 4th by following some of the safety tips for July 4th Fireworks below:

Fireworks Safety Tips:
(National Council on Fireworks Safety)

  • The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.
  • Respect the barriers around the fireworks site. Do not attempt to get close to the firing area. After all, the fireworks will be best viewed from about a 1/2 mile away.
  • Although it rarely happens, sometimes parts of the fireworks do not ignite and may fall somewhere near the crowd. Do not attempt to touch any part of a firework that has been lit.
  • If you have dogs and other pets, fireworks could hurt their ears. If you are attending a fireworks show, leave your pets at home.
  • We do not suggest it, but if you choose to use sparklers, do so under adult supervision. Be sure to use them outside and away from the face, clothing and hair. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

Have you ever had an accident using fireworks? Have any tips of your own on how to stay safe during a fireworks display? Leave a comment…

We hope you will stay safe this July 4th and enjoy the long weekend. If you have any insurance concerns, call our office at (516) 431-9100.

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