Celebrating Independence Day Safely

Matt Pate

The 4th of July, a time of celebration and fireworks! While fireworks are a dazzling spectacle, it's important to prioritize safety to ensure an incident-free celebration. Understanding firework safety measures is crucial for the well-being of both us and those around us. Let's take a look at some celebration tips to keep in mind when gathering for the 4th of July!


1. Purchase legal and approved Fireworks:

It's imperative to buy fireworks that are from an approved and legal source. Opting to buy from reputable vendors ensures that they are adhering to safety regulations and are selling approved fireworks. Never attempt to create homemade fireworks or modify purchased ones, as this puts everyone at risk.

2. Find a Safe Location:

Choose an open and spacious area, away from flammable materials, buildings, and vehicles. Ensure there is no dry grass or vegetation nearby. Public fireworks display organized by professionals are the safest option, as they are conducted in controlled environments.

3. Prioritize Adult Supervision

Children should always be accompanied by responsible adults during firework shows. Never allow children to handle fireworks or sparklers without direct adult supervision. Teach them to appreciate fireworks from a safe distance.

4. Keep Water and Fire Extinguishers Nearby:

Have a bucket of water or a hose handy to extinguish any small fires that may occur. Also, keep a fire extinguisher readily accessible as an additional safety measure. Taking these precautions can prevent small incidents from quickly escalating.

5. Be Mindful of Pets:

Fireworks can be stressful for pets. Keep them indoors in a secure and comfortable space, away from loud noises. Create a calming environment with soft music or white noise to help them relax and ensure they have identification tags in case they accidentally escape due to fear.

Celebrate responsibly and prioritize safety this firework season! We encourage you to enjoy the festivities while keeping firework safety in mind. Remember to follow local guidelines, keep a safe distance, and protect your eyes and ears. Let's have a memorable and safe celebration.

Please note IHCRC will be closed Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.#FireworkSafety #CelebrateResponsibly