Tips for an Accident Free 4th of July

June 30, 2014

It’s that time of year when our nation celebrates Independence Day - commonly known as the Fourth of July - commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  

For many, that means picnics, baseball, pool parties and almost always, some type of fireworks.    Whether you will be attending a fireworks show, or having a not so private fireworks display at your home, safety should be your number one concern.

BBB, with information obtained from the National Council on Fireworks Safety, provides the following tips to ensure your July 4th is accident free:

1.     Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).

2.     Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.

3.     Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.

4.     Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.

5.     Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."

6.     Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.

7.     Fireworks should only be used outdoors.

8.     Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks

9.     Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting.

10.  Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department


And note these special safety tips if using sparklers:

  • Always remain standing while using sparklers.
  • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
  • Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Never throw sparklers.
  • Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.


Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!