Fourth of July Firework Safety Tips

Now that you've gotten settled into your new home at the Lake, it's time to start gearing up for a fun weekend with friends family and maybe even a housewarming party and fireworks! Hosting parties can be a great way to show people your new home at the Lake of the Ozarks, and hang out with the people you love most. If you'll be setting off fireworks, there are a few things to keep in mind, though. At eXp Realty, we want to help keep you, your guests, and even your neighbors safe as you enjoy this fun-filled weekend, so here are a few things you can keep in mind before lighting the first match.

Purchase from a Reliable Place

There are many trustworthy places to buy your fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks, but if you have any doubts just keep driving and find a new location to purchase them from. If you're new to the area and looking for a reputable place to get your fireworks, you can ask coworkers, neighbors, or even your cashier!

Follow ALL of the Directions

While fireworks are a lot of fun, they can also be dangerous when not used properly. Out of all of the injuries that occur during Fourth of July from fireworks, the most common areas to be affected are the hands and fingers, eyes, and head, face, and ears. 45% of the accidents happen to adults between the age of 20 and 44, while only 34% happen to kids under the age of fifteen. It's important to read ALL of the directions on the package before lighting a firework, and set up a safe place for fireworks to be launched. You won't want to do the large fireworks in a place where sparks could fall down and land on dry grass or homes.

Make Sure Responsible Adults are Present

We can't say it enough, make sure that kids are not lighting fireworks by themselves. There are many accidents that can happen when children are unsupervised, and they don't just affect their safety, but also the safety of everyone around. There are fun fireworks that can be used that don't use firepower, so if the kids want to run outside and do them without supervision they would be a great option.

Keep Water Close By

The first step is to have a safe place set up for the fireworks. Somewhere that isn't covered in dry grass, leaves, or close to flammable debris. The second is to have water close by just in case something should happen. Accidents happen, but you can help make them not as bad by preparing for them in advance.

Dispose of Duds Correctly

Did you find a dud firework? Beware, because they can sometimes have delayed reactions. Do you think they are done firing off? Give them a few more seconds because sometimes fireworks can have a paused delay, and if you run up too soon, it could be dangerous. If you are positive that a firework is a dud, and it hasn't gone off all night, you can completely submerge it in water and allow it to soak overnight. This will help to guarantee that there is no chance it will ignite randomly at the wrong moment.

Happy Fourth of July from eXp Realty

Everyone at the eXp office would like to wish you a happy, fun-filled Fourth of July weekend! We hope that whether you're in a new home, still loving your old one, or looking for real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can come to mind and help you exactly where you are. If you're looking for the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks - you've found them! Happy Fourth of July!

2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766


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