Every year we look forward to celebrating our freedoms on the Fourth of July. There’s something about fireworks shimmering in the night sky that re-ignites our appreciation for all the privileges we enjoy as Americans. But fireworks are risky, even when we’re careful, so before you set off a few in the back yard, remind yourself how to stay safe this Independence Day.
- Respect your community’s regulations. Even if your neighborhood doesn’t have specific rules about lighting fireworks, your city likely does. If you plan on setting a few off at home, research the laws in your community first. Some municipalities allow fireworks that stay on the ground while others have banned anything with an open flame. Be sure you know what’s allowed where you live to avoid a hefty fine and angry neighbors.
- Check the weather. If you live in an arid environment where drought conditions are the usual during the summer, it’s best to avoid fireworks altogether. Even if you have water nearby, the chances of a spark traveling into dry brush or an open field is still high.
- Follow the guidelines and instructions on your fireworks. Innovate with your party planning, not your fireworks. They’re designed to be used according to instructions to keep you and your guests as safe as possible.
The consequences of using fireworks outside of their intended use are drastic. Though they’re beautiful and can be exciting, fireworks are still explosives. Nobody wants to end up in the hospital or speaking with their insurance agent after an evening of celebration.
Of course, the best way to stay safe on the Fourth of July is to leave the fireworks to the trained professionals. They’re prepared for all kinds of emergencies and know exactly what to look out for in order to maximize the fun while keeping other people and homes out of danger.
- Enjoy alcohol and fireworks separately. If you’re the one lighting the fireworks this year, keep your beverages alcohol-free until after the festivities. Should anything happen, it’s important for you to be clear-headed. If you’ve had a few, your reaction times will be slower. When sparks are involved, every second counts.
- Remember the wellbeing of your pets. If you know your pet gets nervous during thunderstorms or when he hears loud noises, have a conversation with your vet before the festivities get started. She’ll have suggestions tailored to your pet’s temperament that may help keep your furry friend comfortable all evening. The difference between an evening ending in shredded throw pillows or happy memories comes down to a little bit of preparation.
- Respect those with sound sensitivity. If you are permitted to use fireworks in your neighborhood, recognize that there are people who are sensitive to sound. For those in the military, those with medical conditions, and others, fireworks can be a difficult time. Limiting the celebration to one night helps those who have sound sensitivity immensely.
This Fourth of July, stay safe and enjoy the time with your family and friends! If you’re looking for a great community or new home where you can celebrate for years to come, we’d love to refer you to a real estate agent in your area and help you find the mortgage product that’s a great fit for you. Contact us today!