Top Safety Tips to Ensure a Happy and Safe 4th of July Holiday

by | Jul 2, 2024 | Auto & Home

It’s that time of year again, celebrating Independence Day and having fun with friends, family and loved ones. While everyone wants to enjoy the season, things can go wrong very quickly when safety is not adhered to!  Before you head off into your July 4th events, here are some essential tips for fireworks safety to ensure a fun and safe 4th of July celebration:

General Safety Tips:

1. Follow Local Laws:  Check and adhere to local laws and regulations regarding the use of fireworks.
2. Read Instructions:  Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the fireworks packaging.
3. Supervise Children:  Never allow young children to handle fireworks. Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
4. Use Fireworks Outdoors:  Always light fireworks outside in a clear, open area away from buildings, vehicles, and flammable materials.
5. Keep Water Nearby:  Have a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of fire or other emergencies.
6. Light One at a Time:  Only light one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a “dud” firework.
7. Keep a Safe Distance:  Maintain a safe distance from the fireworks once they are lit. Move back quickly after lighting.
8. Dispose Properly:  After fireworks have completed burning, douse them with plenty of water before discarding them to prevent a trash fire.
9. Avoid Alcohol:  Do not handle fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


1. Supervise Sparklers:  Sparklers can burn at temperatures of around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Always supervise children using sparklers.
2. Hold Sparklers at Arm’s Length:  Hold sparklers away from the body and others. Do not run with or throw sparklers.
3. Wear Proper Clothing:  Avoid loose clothing that can easily catch fire when handling sparklers.

Pets and Fireworks:

1. Keep Pets Indoors:  Fireworks can be frightening for pets. Keep them inside and in a safe, comfortable space.
2. Provide Distractions:  Provide toys or turn on the TV to help drown out the noise of fireworks.
3. Ensure Identification:  Make sure pets are wearing identification tags in case they get frightened and run off.

Emergency Preparedness:

1. First Aid Kit:  Keep a first aid kit handy for minor injuries.
2. Know Firework Types:  Be familiar with the types of fireworks you are using and their potential hazards.
3. Emergency Contacts:  Have emergency contact numbers readily available, including the local fire department and nearest hospital.

Handling Malfunctions:

1. Never Relight!  If a firework fails to ignite, do not attempt to relight it. Wait at least 20 minutes before soaking it in water.
2. Be Cautious of Wind:   Avoid lighting fireworks in windy conditions to prevent them from being blown off course.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your 4th of July celebration is both enjoyable and safe. Have questions or want to discuss home safety? Contact Your United Agent for assistance. We are happy to help.  Wishing everyone a very happy 4th!


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