One of the biggest summer holidays is the Fourth of July, the day when Americans celebrate our independence and the birthday of the United States. Celebrations often include red, white, and blue to commemorate the American flag as well as vibrant firework displays. So we thought we’d pass along some tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety (www.FireworkSafety.com) to help keep your celebrations happy and safe. They recommend:
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Always have water handy, either a bucket of water or a hose.
- Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
- Only person over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
- Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives. Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
In the state of Pennsylvania, there are certain fireworks that are permitted and not regulated by the Fireworks Law. They are ground and hand-held sparkling devices, novelties (including party poppers, snappers, toy smoke devices, snakes, glow worms, wire sparklers, dipped sticks), and toy caps. All others are specifically prohibited, except that a display permit may be obtained from the municipality where the consumer fireworks will be used.
So enjoy your celebrations and have a Happy 4th of July from all of us at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates!