Home Care in Lake Zurich IL
The reason why June is Firework Safety Month is to raise awareness about the safe handling by consumers of fireworks in jurisdictions where fireworks are legally permitted. Just because some fireworks may be legally purchased and used by consumers in certain areas, this does not mean all fireworks are legal everywhere.
Different jurisdictions have restrictions on the use of fireworks. In areas where there is a risk of forest fires, they are not permitted because they are too dangerous. When unsure, it is important to check with local law enforcement authorities about the legal permitted use of fireworks in order to be certain not to run afoul with the law.
The National Council Fireworks Safety and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission gives these top-ten tips on the safe handing and usage of fireworks, which include:
- Do not use fireworks when under the influence of alcohol. – A designated driver who does not drink alcohol is important to take people home from parties where they have been drinking. In a similar way, a designated fireworks safety monitor, who does not drink alcohol, is important to make sure all safety rules are observed when fireworks are used.
- Do not modify fireworks in any way. – Fireworks are made to be used in certain ways. Misuse of fireworks has unexpected consequences. Modification of them or using them in ways contrary to the safety instructions is dangerous.
- Children should never be allowed to use fireworks without adult supervision. – Something as simple as a sparkler can burn if touched by a child on the flaming part, and even after the sparkles stop burning the metal rod is still very hot. Sparklers are not safe for handling by young children who may burn themselves or others accidentally. It is better for an adult to hold the child’s hand while they hold a sparkler to help guide them in safe enjoyment.
- Only use fireworks outdoors, far away from any dry grass or other flammable materials.
- Wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks.
- Make sure fireworks are aimed away from the face and not in the direction of other people.
- Light fireworks one at a time and when lit move away quickly.
- Do not try to relight fireworks that fail to ignite properly.
- Have a bucket of water handy and a hose.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by putting water on them and then placing them in the trash in a metal container that is keep away from anything it could set afire.
Professional in-home caregivers, whether they provide pediatric care or senior care, know the fun of having a nice outing to watch fireworks. The National Fire Protection Association says it is better to attend a fireworks show put on by professionals who are skilled in safe firework displays, than to use consumer fireworks.
The Fireworks Safety Month of June is a great time to learn how to have a safe and happy Fourth of July celebration.
If you or an aging loved one are interested in home care near Lake Zurich, IL, call the caring staff at Harmony Home Care Inc. at 847-382-6200. Providing Care in Barrington, Inverness, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Huntley, Hoffman Estates, & Vernon Hills.
National Council on Fireworks Safety Offers Tips
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