Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

BBQ, sunshine and in some cases, fireworks are all a part of a traditional 4th of July celebration in the US. It’s such a fun summer holiday but if you’re setting off your own fireworks display this year, the Consumer Products Safety Commission has a few tips to make sure your holiday is as safe as possible!

- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Some parents don’t realize that young children can suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

You can find these tips and others at http://www.cpsc.gov/info/fireworks/index.html.

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!!!

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