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Staying Safe This Independence Day

Posted by Rebecca Hellmann on Jul 1, 2020 6:15:00 AM

Fireworks are a mainstay of celebrating the independence of the United States. However, they are also a main source of hospital visits for the month surrounding the holiday. And right now, a hospital visit is not only a potential health risk, it can also be a major blow to your wallet.


The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) advises the following safety measures:

  • Do not allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting a firework fuse.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Check out the CPSC website for more details. And have a safe 4th of July!

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Written by Rebecca Hellmann

Rebecca Hellmann has been researching and writing in the payments technology industry for over six years. Prior to the payments industry, Rebecca developed marketing, branding, and content for businesses such as Bil-Jac, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, and Homestead Furniture. She currently works as Director of Marketing for FCTI, Inc.
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