Light Up the Sky with Safety!

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June and July are National Fireworks Safety Month.  Many families enjoy the SPARK-tacular red, white and blue that fills the sky during the Fourth of July weekend.  Some feel it is their patriotic duty to pop fireworks on July 4 to celebrate the birth of our great Nation, but even the smallest of sparklers can be very dangerous, especially for children.  Four out of every 10 people injured by fireworks are children.  Why risk scorching your lawn, house, pet or worse yet…your child?  For a safe and poppin’ good time, leave the lighting to the professionals and enjoy one of your community’s public firework displays.

Fireworks are illegal in some communities so know your local laws and burn ban status’ to avoid having your celebration extinguished!  Although fireworks are available to the public and seem easy enough to handle, they should be used with extreme caution if you decide to use them.  When celebrating with little ones, it is best to keep fireworks and supplies away from children. Never allow children to handle fireworks.  Their curiosity and lack of coordination can lead to serious burns or other injuries.  Have a hose or buckets of water handy, just incase there’s a fire.  Celebrate the holiday, but don’t celebrate too hard…leave alcohol off the menu! Fireworks and alcohol do not mix and neither to drinking and driving.  

Remember to give special thanks to the soldiers who serve our Country!  Thanks to their service we are able to celebrate safety and freedom this 4th of July.  Here’s to oooh’s and ahhh’s without the OUCH this Fourth of July Holiday!  How will you safely celebrate the July 4th holiday?  Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety. If you have questions or comments about local firework laws and safety, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

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Family, food, fun and fireworks are often the center of an Independence Day celebration. While you are planning your blast, keep safety in mind, especially if you will be using or watching someone use fireworks. An accident or injury can fizzle the fun faster than anything, so give your kids guidelines ahead of time.

These tips are from The National Council on Fireworks Safety website, www.fireworksafety.com:

Use fireworks outdoors only.

  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
  • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type. Kidshealth.org points out that sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius) – hot enough to melt gold.
  • Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
Kidshealth.org also offers instructions in case of injury:

If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. Also, don’t flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it. Instead, cut out the bottom of a paper cup, place it around the eye using first aid tape, and immediately seek medical attention – your child’s eyesight may depend on it.
If it’s a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn (do not use ice). Call your doctor immediately.

Also, keep your pets in mind. Animals are sometimes spooked by the sights and sounds of celebrations and fireworks and can behave irrationally when frightened. Keep them inside and give them a safe place to nestle. Get more tips for pets on the 4th from the Humane Society at http://bit.ly/petssafety.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! Hug your loved ones and say a prayer of gratitude for the blessings of freedom we enjoy and for those who serve to protect us.  Be Safe.

Lexlee
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