The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is almost here, and for many, that will mean celebrations with family, friends, and fireworks. This year, experts predict fireworks will be in high demand. The lack of fireworks for sale is due in part to an ongoing shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While fireworks may be hard to find, Fourth of July safety should be top of mind if you’re planning to celebrate with dazzling displays in the sky.
Although they are beautiful, fireworks can cause serious injuries, even death in some cases. Last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported a 50% increase in fireworks-related injuries. In addition, the CPSC reports of the 15,600 injured in 2020, 44% were treated for burns related to fireworks. Fourth of July deaths also increased over the last year, so everyone needs to pay attention and use them properly.
In addition to injuries and deaths, fireworks can also cause significant property loss and damage. Lawns, shrubs, trees, bark, and roofs are just a few things that could go up in flames due to fireworks. Therefore, it is safe to say that managers should remind residents what their rules are as it pertains to the discharging of fireworks on the property. You can also post a fireworks safety poster in your common areas ahead of Fourth of July celebrations.
So, how can you keep your families and property safe this Fourth of July? It’s simple. If you choose to use fireworks, follow these steps to ensure everyone’s safety and no damaged or lost property.
Fourth of July Fireworks Safety
1.) Never let young children handle fireworks. Even sparklers account for hundreds of injuries each year. Older children should still be supervised.
2.) Do not use fireworks while under the influence of any substances.
3.) Never hold lit fireworks with your hands, point, or throw them at others.
4.) Fireworks should never be lit indoors. Instead, light them outside, away from people and property.
5.) Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies, and do not try to light any firework that malfunction during celebrations.
You can find a full list of Fourth of July firework safety reminders here. You can also download a flyer to share with your residents here.
If fireworks are not permitted in your area for the Fourth of July, encourage your residents to use safer alternatives, like glow sticks, confetti poppers, or colored streamers.