The Fourth of July is Saturday! Amazing, and hard to believe simply because we have been preoccupied with so much, COVID19/Coronavirus, the George Floyd murder and ensuing protests, marches and riots. Our lives, our heads, are spinning right now.

Hopefully, we can get our families together safely and celebrate our country's independence. Sy is the key word here, not only because of the virus, but because of fireworks. With so many community displays cancelled due to fear of additional  coronavirus spread, more people than ever will be lighting their own fireworks. Sales have been through the roof fireworks sellers have said, so all of us need to be aware of how to stay safe from injury.

The website All Pro Dad can't stress enough how to use fireworks properly with 10 tried and true rules we all need be aware of.

1.Fireworks packaged in brown paper are made for professional displays – avoid buying.
2.Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, especially with sparklers.
3.Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
4.Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
5.Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire and to douse used fireworks before discarding in trash.
6.Never allow young children to play or ignite fireworks.
7.Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
8.Never try to re-light or pickup fireworks that have not ignited fully.
9.Never place a part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting.
10.Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
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Have a happy and safe weekend everyone!