Independence Day is just a few days away! Summer holidays are hot and fun. Many people have the day off to barbecue, lounge near the pool, lake or beach. Most Americans do not think the day is complete without the magical, colorful, booming tradition of fireworks.
The use of fireworks slowly spread after July 2nd, 1776. 18th-century fireworks originated in post-revolutionary New England and New York. Many parades fired cannons and muskets instead of fireworks due to their expense and difficult safety management. All varieties generally produced the same small orange or while flashes and sparks. Pyrotechnics saw impressive changes in 1830 when chemists discovered how to make fireworks produce the myriad of colors we still see today. These discoveries helped to usher in the nationwide tradition of lighting up the sky on July 4th.
It is important to ensure that this holiday is regarded with extreme caution and safety. While fireworks are illegal many areas, that typically does not stop thousands of Americans from lighting them off in unsafe areas without proper training or equipment. Nearly 70% of all ER visits on July 4th are due to an injury from improper firework use. Improperly ignited fireworks can burn an entire home or forest down. Individuals can also face hefty fines if caught lighting fireworks in any banned areas. Responsible residents should always take extra precautions if they decide they are going to light their own instead of watching a professional display in their home town.
Have a bright, beautiful, and safe Independence Day!
Follow these simple steps to ensure your friends, family, and home are protected.
Never allow young children to handle any fireworks, sparklers, or lighters.
Never point a firework at another person or yourself.
Never attempt to relight a dud
Always have a bucket of water, hose, and a fire extinguisher nearby.
Never light fireworks near any structures or heavily wooded areas.
Leave and report any unsafe situation if you feel you and other people or structures are in danger.