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4th of July Safety Tips

4th of July Safety Tips

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Published by: Catholic Charities USA on Jul 03, 2014
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For many of us, the 4
th
 of July means lounging in the backyard with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. It is a day intended to be enjoyed and, the information will help keep you, your children and your neighbors safe this Independence ay. !he safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. "tay at least #$$ feet away from the show and lea%e any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.&any states outlaw most fireworks. &ake sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.It can be a really challenging and difficult holiday for some military %eterans' they may find it hard to enjoy patriotic fireworks display, as the bright lights and booms bring back unshakeable memories of combat.(ccording to the )" *onsumer +roducts "afety *ommission, #$$ people in the )" are treated each year for fireworks-related injuries. "e%en out of e%ery $$ people injured from fireworks ha%e to be hospitalied. !he estimated annual cost of fireworks-related injuries in the )"/ 0$$ million. 1 !hose most fre2uently injured by fireworks are boys aged $ to 4 years old. 1 &ore than 4$3 of those injured are children younger than 4.If someone is setting fireworks off at home, they should follow these safety steps/
o not allow young children to play with fireworks under any circumstances, e%en with adult super%ision.
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"parklers, considered by many the ideal safe firework for the young, burn at %ery high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing.
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*hildren cannot understand the danger in%ol%ed and cannot act appropriately in case of emergency.
5lder children should only be permitted to use fireworks under close adult super%ision. o not allow any running or horseplay.
6eep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
&ake sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
7ight only one firework at a time and ne%er attempt to relight 8a dud.9
"tore fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
 :e%er throw or point a firework toward people, animals, %ehicles, structures or flammable materials.
"oak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
;emember pet safety/
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 :e%er use fireworks around pets
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6eep your pets in the house, rather than in your yard.

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