On behalf of Pepco, I want to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day. This year will mark 234 years of independence from Great Britain. When you think about it, that’s not so long ago. Since then, this country grew from the original 13 states to 50 and contributed to some amazing advancements – check out Time Magazine’s July 5 Cover Story on Thomas Edison.
History aside, today I want to focus on safety, specifically with fireworks. This weekend there will be parades, cookouts, and several other festivities where there’s potential for some to be absent minded as far as safety.
Remember these 12 tips from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and you’ll be one step closer to assuring you have a safe holiday weekend. Most of the tips are common sense, but it never hurts to revisit useful information:
- Do not allow young children to play with fire-works under any circumstances. Even sparklers burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing
- Older children should only be permitted to use fireworks under close adult supervision. Do not allow any running or horseplay.
- Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from houses, dry leaves or grass and flammable materials.
- Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that don’t go off.
- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
- Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
- Store fireworks in a dry, cool place. Check instructions for special storage directions.
- Observe local laws.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
- Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks.
So, if you or your friends plan on lighting any fireworks this weekend, be sure to keep these tips in mind. Have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day.
‘Til the next post,