Take the Pledge to be Safe!
Join the READYColorado and the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management team in pledging to celebrate safely and smartly this Fourth of July. Visit our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/READYColorado this week to make your pledge for fireworks safety. Simply like our Pledge to be Safe post. You can also send us a tweet to @READYColorado or @COEmergency to share how you are celebrating safely. Create happy memories free of fireworks injuries by following these simple safety tips from SafeKids Worldwide and the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
- The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
- If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area. In Colorado you can use the general rule of thumb that anything that leaves the ground or explodes is illegal. However, local jurisdictions can add additional restrictions including a ban on all fireworks. Check with your local city or county law enforcement agency.
Be Extra Careful With Sparklers
- Sparklers can heat up to 1,200 degrees and are not safe for children to use. A safe alternative is to provide glow sticks for your children instead.
- Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.
Take Necessary Precautions
- Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
- Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.