Many of us will celebrate Independence Day by getting together with family and friends to barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers while being mindful of safe social distancing practices to slow the spread of COVID-19. Maybe your plans include fireworks. While fireworks can be exciting and provide great entertainment, they also come with the risk of injuries. So, make these tips part of your safety practices too.
Six Simple Safety Tips
- If a firework doesn’t ignite fully, don’t try to re-light it or pick it up. Leave it alone for 20 minutes, then spray it with water and toss it.
- Don’t buy fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. Most likely, they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous to the consumer.
- Never leave kids unattended with fireworks, even sparklers. Young children can get injured from sparklers due to their extremely hot temperatures. Some are as hot as blow torches!
- Check to make sure fireworks are legal in your area before you even buy them. If you’re lighting them in a restricted area, you could be liable for any injuries or damages.
- Before throwing away used fireworks, spray them with plenty of water to ensure they won’t start a trash fire.
- Stay clear of dry brush or tall grasses. These can ignite and spread fire quickly.
We all love to celebrate the Fourth of July, but be sure to do so with care. Following these simple tips can help you avoid a costly insurance claim for injury and property damage. If you have questions about what losses your home or renters insurance covers, contact our personal insurance experts.