National Fireworks Safety month runs from June 1- July 4th. 

In 2012, 8,700 people were treated in emergency rooms due to fireworks injuries.  5,000 of these were between June 22nd and July 22nd.  On average, the 30 days surrounding the 4th of July see 60% of all injuries.

Now, I didn't mean to ruin the festivities for anyone.  If celebrating with fireworks, everyone needs to use common sense.  Here you go:

Purchase fireworks from respected and well- know dealers. 

Don't use or make home-made fireworks.

Follow the labels instructions. 

Do not alter fireworks.

ALWAYS use fireworks outdoors.

Keep water, a fire extinguisher and first aid kit handy.

Wear safety glasses.

Parents should never allow young children to handle fireworks.

A responsible adult should always supervise all firework activity.

Have a designated shooter organize and shoot your family show.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save it for after the show.

Don't re-light a "dud".  Wait 20 minutes then dump a bucket of water on it, or use the hose.

Soak spent fireworks waste in a bucket of water before tossing them in to the garbage can.

Keep your pets locked in doors. 

Never have pets outside with fireworks going off.  Some get scared and run away.  Others "play fetch". 

If your pets get upset over loud noises, see your vet a few days before for some calming meds.

Follow your local laws.  Only use legal fireworks.


Have a great and wonderful 4th!



Tom Townsend, Broker, SRES

Denise Townsend Group

Keller Williams Sunset Corridor

1915 NW Amberglen Pkwy #250

Beaverton OR 97006