“Fireworks Safety Month.”

“What was that? There it goes again!!”

“It’s that time of year – dogs howl – toddlers run away holding their ears. The Fourth of July celebration is nearly upon us. Heralding its way are the grand cracks and pops of fireworks galore for days and weeks ahead of time. Therefore, June has become “Fireworks Safety Month.”

The National Council on Fireworks Safety reports that there were an estimated 9,600 fireworks related injuries in 2011. Adult supervision and basic safety precautions could have prevented the majority of these firework injuries.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety advises we follow these common sense safety tips with the goal of reducing fireworks related injuries this Fourth of July season.

• Know your fireworks. Read the warning labels and descriptions before igniting.
• Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save the alcohol for after the show.
• Parents and adult caretakers should always supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
• Parents should NOT allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
• Fireworks should only be used out doors
• Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
• Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
• Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
• Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can
• Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks. Use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
• Report illegal explosives such as M-80’s and quarter sticks to the fire or police department.

We, at the Red Willow County Health Department and the National Council on Fireworks Safety, encourage you to follow these common sense safety tips. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!