Firework Safety and Celebrations

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I love getting to celebrate Independence Day at Possum Kingdom Lake, this town loves to go all out. We always enjoy having family and friends come out and enjoy these days with us on the boat, watching fireworks and just hanging out together! This year is no different.

Here are some upcoming celebrations happening throughout the Tarrant County for you and the family attend.

Fort Worth
July 3 – Fort Worth Botanical Garden
July 4 – Panther Island Pavilion

Mansfield
July 3 – Big League Dreams

Southlake
July 3 – Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park, McPherson Park and Rustin Pavilion

Grapevine
July 4 – Lake Grapevine/Gaylord Texan

Grand Prairie
July 5 – Lone Star Park

Possum Kingdom Lake
July 6 – Hell's Gate

As always, I like to share a little bit of firework safety with my clients. According to CPSC.gov, around the July 4th holiday, 280 people on average go to the emergency room every day with firework-related injuries. The most common among those are burns. 

In addition to the firework safety tips that I shared last year, here are a few more to remember.

·         Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

·         Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

·         Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

·         Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

·         Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

·         Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

·         Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

·         Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

·         Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

·         After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

·         Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Even though we have to be safe when it comes to fireworks, that doesn’t mean that we can enjoy ourselves.