Skip the Bottle-Rocket Wars for a Fun (Safe) Fourth of July


Fireworks Safety!

Watching a fireworks show is a truly magical experience at any age whether you are at a local park or club, or making your own show in the backyard. But did you know that on average 240 people end up in the emergency room EVERY DAY with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday?!?1 If you want to see fireworks, the most safe way is to leave it to the professionals and go to a public fireworks show. However. if you are going to light fireworks on your own irregardless, there are special precautions you must take to keep your family safe as you celebrate. The good news is you can enjoy your holiday and the fireworks, with just a few simple safety tips:

Proceed with caution:

Light one firework at a time in an open space outside and away from dry grass, brush, and
     trees.

Have a bucket of water handy in case of emergencies.

If a “dud” firework does not go off, do not try to relight it. Instead, wait 20
     minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

Never light a firework in a glass or metal container

Obey local ordinances regarding private fireworks. Do not drink alcohol while
     lighting fireworks, as they can pose burning hazards if you are not careful.

Never point or throw a firework at another person.

 

Even seemingly innocent sparklers are dangerous – they causing 31% of firework injuries these “harmless” fireworks are the#1 cause of fireworks injuries!!!
***Trust me, I my dad can tell you first-hand HOW HOT those suckers are when an excited 4-year-old comes running directly out you with burnt-out sparkler anxious for the next one while setting the sparkler down on his arm. I am rather confident that he not only knows what 1,200° feels like, but what it is like to truly have your patience tested!***

Sparkler Safety

Don’t forget about Fido! Fireworks are scary for your pets!
While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, and enjoy a spectacular light show…when in reality your pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations, instead find it all to be a terrifying attack to their senses. As a result, more pets go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year.  Be prepared beforehand and help your pets celebrate the evening free from fear, and be sure to your pet’s ID tag is up to date.  And should the unthinkable happen, be sure to utilize ASPCA’s new app that can help owners quickly and effectively reunite with their beloved pet. 



Now that we’ve addressed how to have a fun, safe, injury-free Fourth of July!


Sources:
1. 2014 Fireworks Injuries Update | CPSC

Who the hell leaves a kid in their car on a hot day?!?!

Alright, I’ll be the first to admit it – when I see the horrible headlines about a child losing their life to Hyperthermia (aka Heat Stroke) in a vehicle I wonder “What in the hell is wrong with the imbecile who could do something so horrible?!?”

I mean seriously, what type of a monster could be capable of such of such a thing?

As it turns out — the wealthy do. And the poor. And the middle class. Loving parents of all ages and ethnicities do it — and mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It has happened to a a dentist, a loving social worker, a postal clerk, and a Veterinarian. It even happened to a minister of music in a church parking lot.

I am 100% guilty of having judged these individuals to be monsters by all accounts. Anytime I would hear a tragic story about a child losing their life in a hot car I would instantly think to myself —”Those parents need to be shot”. I feel awful for having ignorantly assumed that this could only happen to bad, unfit parents — people who were neglecting their children to imbibe in alcohol and drugs— never once did I consider that such a tragedy could occur to loving, doting parents who were deceived by a tragic lapse in their memory.

I thank God for putting this article in front of me, which subsequently led me to this MIND-BLOWING article which opened up my ignorant, closed-minded eyes to the fact that this actually IS a problem in our society, forever changing my perspective. Initially I felt so guilty for having judged — but then I realized that only made ME feel better — the only true redemption of my guilt can come through vigilant awareness in helping make individuals be aware of this danger.

I don’t care WHO you are – this tragedy can happen to anyone

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