Tips for Staying Safe on the Fourth of July
By Jacki Billings
Independence Day is around the corner and for many Americans this means the start of celebrations with fireworks, food, friends and family. Though the Fourth of July is a celebratory time, it does come with its own dangers due to fireworks. The International Association of Firefighters reports that 10,000 people are injured annually as a result of fireworks. The IAFF and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives both urge Americans to stay safe with a few tips.
1. Leave the guns at home or in the holster
It might be tempting to go Yosemite Sam on the Fourth, firing celebratory guns into the air to mark America’s Independence, but discharging guns in residential or public areas is generally frowned upon. Depending on local laws, it might even be illegal. Furthermore, firing guns without a proper backstop can prove dangerous or even fatal.
“Shooting a gun into the air is not only reckless, it’s extremely dangerous,” Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine told the Indianapolis Star. “A bullet that is fired into the air will come back down with enough velocity to seriously injure or kill someone.”
On the Fourth, keep to fireworks and leave guns locked up at home or securely in