The Fourth of July is a great time of year to have fun with friends and family. Good food, summer activities and fireworks are American family fun staples. Justin Kern, communications officer for the American Red Cross, warns people to be careful because, there is a thing as too much fun.
“If you think of things like fireworks in particular it's obviously best left to the professionals,” says Kern. “We feel like we've been about 10 months since we've had any semblance of summer here in Wisconsin, so when people get fireworks they maybe overdo it or miss some of those ways to prepare and stay safe when you're having a good time with a fireworks display.”
Here are Kern’s tips:
- Leave it to the professionals. “If you're setting off your own fireworks you want to make sure the person doing it has some eye protection.”
- Don’t try to relight “dud” fireworks that don’t seem to want to go off.
- Never give fireworks to small children or point them at people, animals, vehicles or structures.
- Pay attention to fire warnings. “In Wisconsin, we've got a lot of forested wooded areas,” Kern says. “You want to make sure you observe burn and fire warnings before you did anything like fireworks.” Find information on burn or fire warnings at the Department of Natural Resources or forest service.
“You don't want to turn something that is so fun and done so well by professionals into something that becomes a tragedy while you're just celebrating with friends and family,” he adds.
Learn more about fireworks safety in the AgriTalk interview below.