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

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!

1. 2014 Fireworks Injuries Update | CPSC

Don’t lose your freedom on the 4th of July!

Don't loose your freedom. Don't drink and drive.While celebrating our nation’s birthday should be a fun and festive event, all too often it turns tragic, as the Fourth of July is considered one of the deadliest times of the year on our nation’s roadways due to a rise in impaired driving.

July 4th is about the birth of a country –NOT the death of its people!

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle traffic crashes killed 392 people during the 2010 Fourth of July holiday period (6:00pm July 2- 5:59am July 6).  Of those fatalities, 39 percent were in crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Tragically, 46 percent of the alcohol-impaired driving fatalities were 18 to 34 years old. 1

Nationally, more than 10,000 people were killed in impaired driving crashes in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.  That’s an average of one alcohol impaired driving fatality nearly every 51 minutes. 1

Impaired driving is even more fatal at night. During the 2010 July 4th holiday period, the proportion of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in was almost five times higher at night than during the day. In fact, more than 80 percent of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities took place between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. 1

While these fatalities are devastating they are fully preventable. Contrary to popular belief, planning ahead does not mean you can’t still have fun. It means nothing more than taking responsibility and making a decision to keep you, your loved ones, and everyone on the road safe.

There are numerous ways to stay safe and celebrate responsibly. NHTSA offers these tips when planning a celebration:

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member –if you think that’s a pain, try finding a friend who will bail you out of jail!
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, call 911!
  • And remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Consequences from driving impaired are real. You could kill yourself or someone else, and financial costs from the crash or arrest are significant. In the end, the consequences of driving impaired simply not worth the risk.

Make sure to plan ahead before the celebration begins, otherwise you will be seeing your own version of REDWHITE and BLUE from the lights of the cop that is pulling you over! 

For more information about how to stay safe this Fourth of July, please visit:

1. NHTSA | Impaired