Watching FireworksJuly is just around the corner, as is the Fourth of July holiday…which signals the beginning of the end of summer in my house (we are teachers, reporting to work at the beginning of August).  But when we aren’t lamenting the fact that school starts in a month, we like to celebrate the holiday like other Americans with a cookout, dip in the pool, and some fireworks.

Fireworks at home can be great fun, as long as they are used properly.  Here are some tips to help you and your family have a safe holiday:

  • First and foremost, obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. For information on fireworks laws by state, visit com.
  • A responsible adult should supervise all fireworks.
  • Always use fireworks outdoors, away from the house. Makes sure they are clear of dry grass, brush or trees.
  • Have a bucket of water or hose nearby.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while holding sparklers or lighting fireworks, and never stand directly over them.
  • Never try to relight a dud firework.
  • Regarding sparklers, keep in mind that little arms are not long enough to keep sparklers at a safe distance from little bodies. Give your kiddos glow sticks to wave or glow bracelets to wear instead.
  • If anyone is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! Keep them indoors, as they have an acute sense of hearing and can be easily frightened.

The best safety tip of all is to just leave the fireworks to the experts!  That’s how we celebrate.  No muss, no fuss.  The only concern is arriving in enough time to secure a good spot for viewing the show.  We bring blankets, bug spray (essential), snacks (even more essential), glow sticks, and celebrate living in the land of the Free.  School supply shopping can wait.