Firework Safety In Hendricks County
With the Fourth of July approaching quickly, SERVPRO of Hendricks County would like to provide safety tips for you and your family.
· Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C) — hot enough to melt gold.
· Never try to make your own fireworks.
· Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
· Steer clear of others setting off fireworks. They can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
· Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even as a joke.
· Don't hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear eye protection, and don't carry fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off.
· Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year.
· Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and never relight a dud.
· Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
· Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
· Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be very frightened or stressed by the Fourth of July and other big celebrations. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or get injured.