The Fourth of July is always a fun time to celebrate our freedoms with family and friends.
Here are a few Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR)-approved tips to make sure your holiday weekend is both safe and spectacular!
Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) strongly recommends residents leave the fireworks to the professionals on July 4. In fact, it is illegal to use fireworks in the cities of St. Peters, O'Fallon and Lake St. Louis.
Fireworks-related injuries — often involving serious burns — send thousands of people to the ER in the month around the July 4 holiday, and most of these injuries are avoidable by not using consumer fireworks. If you do insist on setting fireworks off at home, be sure to keep these safety steps from the American Red Cross in mind:
- Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
- Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
- Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
- Light only one firework at a time, and NEVER attempt to re-light "a dud."
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
- Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
- Leave any area immedaiatly where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.
Fourth of July Safety Checklist
- Beat the heat this holiday weekend with our hot weather tips.
- This weekend, make sure you practice swim safety by staying close, being alert and watching children in and around the pool. Check out some other pool safety tips.
- Don't get burned by ignoring grilling safety — follow these steps for blissful BBQing this holiday weekend.
- Keep pets inside the house, away from fireworks and loud noises.
Happy Fourth of July from your CCFR family!