Don’t play around with fireworks

Canada Day and Fourth of July celebrations are fast approaching, and one of the main attractions each year is to watch the public fireworks display.
It is important to attend only public displays, where trained people operate the fireworks properly.
Why? Fireworks are pretty to look at but are extremely dangerous and result in many deaths and injuries each year in Canada and the United States!
The public sale of fireworks is legal in Ontario although all consumer fireworks are banned in Minnesota! But legal or not, fireworks are too risky for amateurs. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), permanent scarring, loss of vision, and dismemberment are too often the harsh realities of amateur fireworks use.
The NFPA urges everyone to treat fireworks as suitable only for use by trained professional.
We must all realize there are no safe fireworks. Along with the many deaths and injuries from fireworks, thousands of fires are started! So protect yourself and the outdoors–do not use fireworks!
During the summer months, we also do a lot of outdoor cooking with barbecues/gas grills and campfires. But only adults–never children–should start these fires using the following recommended safety guidelines.
(Note: This list is not comprehensive. It is meant to assist you in taking steps to prevent injuries).
< *c>Barbecue safety
•Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.
•Barbecue/gas grill is a safe distance from anything that might catch fire.
•Keep matches and lighters away from children, and teach children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately.
•Supervise children around outdoor grills.
•Never pour barbecue lighter fluid on a burning fire (the flame can flashback up into the container and explode).
•Children should never be allowed to play near a barbecue/gas grill.
•Have a means of extinguishing the fire readily available.
•Never take a barbecue/gas grill indoors (asphyxiation may occur).
•Never use gasoline to start a charcoal fire.
•Gas cylinders and grills should be stored outdoors!
< *c>Campfire safety
•Children should never build a fire.
•When building a campfire, make sure it is a safe distance from tents, bedding, people, and natural fuel, including sub-surface fuel (clear the area well)!
•Never use flammable liquids to start or fuel a fire.
•Never leave a campfire unattended.
•When you break camp, drench the fire thoroughly with water. Next, stir the ashes or coals and drench the fire with water again. Smother them with sand or dirt. Be sure every spark is completely out!
Remember, safety starts with you!

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