With food on the grill, laughter in the air and children eagerly waiting for fireworks, it can only mean one thing- it’s  the fourth of July. A holiday dear to our hearts, everyone is excited to celebrate while watching fireworks. However, before beginning to celebrate, it is important that you’re informed on fireworks safety….because unfortunately, accidents do happen every year around fireworks, especially those that are being set off on your own. This year especially, because the holiday falls mid-week, we have an extended 4th of July celebration; more opportunities for fun, but also more opportunities for fireworks mishaps as well.

Prior to using fireworks, make sure they are permitted in your state or local area. Please note! In the state of Connecticut, all fireworks, other than sparklers and fountains are illegal.

fireworks-safety-tips-afc-vernon-urgent-careFireworks Safety Tips For a Safe Fourth of July

  • Light fireworks outside in a clear area away from houses and flammable materials
  • Do not wear loose clothing when lighting fireworks
  • Light one fireworks at a time
  • Most pets are afraid of fireworks. Bring them indoors when setting off fireworks.
  • Do not ignite fireworks in a container.
  • If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.
  • Keep water around to extinguish any fireworks that didn’t fully go off, or in case of fire
  • Finally, do not allow children to handle fireworks

If someone is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor, or come to our brand new AFC Urgent Care Center in Vernon at 179 TALCOTTVILLE ROAD. For more information, call us at 860-986-7600 or visit us, with no appointment needed 7 days a week from 8-8pm Mondays-Fridays, 8-5pm Saturdays and Sundays. We accept all insurances.

Happy Fourth of July! Stay Safe!