Tomorrow is the 4th of July! Even though it’s on a Wednesday this year, there are so many reasons why tomorrow will be an awesome day. First of all, we’re celebrating America’s independence. That’s pretty great. Second, we get the day off. Of course we all wanted a 3-day weekend. But instead, we get TWO 2-day work weeks. That’s still a good deal. Next, we get to spend the day eating delicious food and hanging out with friends and family. Finally, we get to watch a spectacular firework show.
Fireworks are like beautiful and colorful diamonds gracefully falling down from the sky. I don’t care if they’re just redox reactions. Fireworks are magical.
But they can also be dangerous and cause eye and burn injuries. To be 100% safe, leave the fireworks to the experts and just enjoy the show.
If you’re “gon’ light it up like it’s dynamite!” Then, be smart and safe about it. “Cause I told you once.” Seriously, be safe. “Now I told you twice,” so please follow these firework safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure a fun, accident-free 4th of July:
1. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
2. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
3. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Sparklers can also be dangerous. They burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. That’s hot enough to melt some metals!
4. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Duck and cover.
5. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
6. Never point or throw fireworks at another person. Don’t even joke about it.
7. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
8. Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly. Please don’t make any attempt to simulate your own firework finale.
9. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
10. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
11. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
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Happy Independence Day!
By ALYSSA LLAMAS