Health and Mind: Fireworks safety

Published 2:30 pm Tuesday, July 4, 2023

By Amy Williams

Clark County Health Department

The 4th of July is upon us, and it is the holiday of the summer that most children look forward to during summer vacation. With that said, encourage safety with your children during this potentially dangerous time of year. It is good to set a few rules for children to abide by while watching and setting off fireworks.

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Discussed below are just a few ideas for you and your family to follow to have a happy and safe holiday:

• Start out by looking for an appropriate space or area that is big enough for fireworks lighting. Clear the area of any outside sources of possible damage, like cars, houses, and other property.

• Stay away from grass, straw, hay or any other flammable beds. Be sure to look for a gravel or concrete area for safe lighting and residuals.

• Have adults or responsible teens be the only ones allowed to light fireworks.

• Remember that alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated lighter”.

• Watch out for animals.

• Do not use homemade or illegal fireworks.

• Watch and feel for changes in wind direction while lighting fireworks to prevent back fire or getting burned. Use long matches to prevent fingers burning.

• Never relight a “dud”. Wait twenty minutes and then soak in water.

• Keep aerosol cans away from the fire, like bug sprays, and even lighter fluid for grills.

• Have water close by in case a fire does break out. Use a water hose or bucket.

• Be considerate of your neighbors. Clean up you mess!