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    Happy Fourth of July!  firework safety tips

    By Barrow Group Staff / July 03, 2020

    Fireworks

    As community-hosted firework displays are cancelled due to COVID, many will take to arranging their own homemade displays in the backyard.  Each year E.R.s are overcrowded with people injured by fireworks, firecrackers and other explosives during the holiday. 

    Barrow Group would like to remind you to play it safe this July 4th.  Here are 14 tips from The National Safety Council to help keep you safe when using fireworks:

    • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
    • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
    • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
    • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
    • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
    • Never light them indoors
    • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
    • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
    • Never ignite devices in a container
    • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
    • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
    • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
    • Never use illegal fireworks

    Wishing you a safe and happy Independence Day!

    Photo by Brett Jordan

    Topics: Fourth of July, Independence Day, Firework Safety

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