Lighting fireworks is a beloved Independence Day tradition for families across Florida. While this sparkling display of freedom brings joy to both children and adults alike, fireworks can be extremely dangerous if not handled with care.
Fireworks accidents result in thousands of injuries every year. In the month surrounding July 4th, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, about 240 people are sent to the ER every day with fireworks-related injuries.
Leave the Fireworks Extravaganza to the Pros
The safest way to enjoy 4th of July fireworks is to attend a public show conducted by seasoned professionals. But don’t get too close … The Red Cross recommends that spectators stay at least 500 feet away from the show.
Family Safety at Fireworks Shows
- Wear unique, bright and identifiable colors.
- Hold hands with young children at all times and follow the buddy system.
- Designate a meeting place and time after the show in the event that a family member gets separated.
- Instruct children to find a police officer if they get lost.
Driving To and From Fireworks Shows
- Buckle up, follow the speed limit and do not drink and drive.
- Get some sleep the night before… You want to be well-rested and alert while driving.
- Never use your cell phone while driving.
- Be respectful of other drivers and abide by the rules of the road.
- Clean your car lights and windows to improve visibility on the road coming home from the show.
People’s Trust Insurance wishes everyone a fun and safe July 4th