4 Fireworks Safety Tips For Homeowners

Memorial Day Weekend is finally here! This is a big holiday weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks, attracting thousands of vacationers from all around the Midwest. While there are plenty of different activities and attractions to choose from this weekend, fireworks are almost always at the top of most people’s lists. Many of the big resorts in the area are hosting spectacular professional displays this weekend that will take your breath away, but there is still a lot to be said for the fun of setting off fireworks at home with your family. If you are planning to shoot fireworks from home this weekend, Fran Campbell Team is here to help you keep your family (and your home) safe with these quick, no-nonsense safety reminders.

Fireworks Safety Reminders

1. Keep All Pets Indoors
If you have dogs, cats, or other pets, be sure they are safely indoors (or otherwise contained) before setting off fireworks. If they are left unrestrained, they may come too close to the fireworks and injure themselves. Perhaps even worse, there have been stories of dogs who ran up to firecrackers and picked them up like sticks, causing the fireworks to shoot horizontally towards trees, houses, spectators, and more. For everyone’s safety, it is best to keep your furry friends indoors during the fireworks display.

2. Ensure Children Are Supervised At All Times
Fireworks are often a favorite holiday pastime for children especially, but the truth remains that fireworks are miniature explosions that should be treated with caution at all times. If you have young children, keep them a safe distance from the fireworks at all times – designate an adult to light the fireworks while the children watch from a distance. If you have an older child who wishes to try lighting some of the fireworks himself, make sure an adult is present to run back and forth with him.

3. Keep A Water Source Handy
If something goes wrong during an at-home fireworks display, it has the potential to go VERY wrong – and probably very quickly. Be prepared for an emergency by ensuring you have a water source close at hand at all times. Ideally, we recommend pulling a garden hose out so it can be easily reached in an emergency. If you do not have a garden hose accessible, substitute by filling several buckets of water and bringing them out to where you will be shooting fireworks before beginning your display. If something catches fire, it will be critical that you are able to react quickly. It may also be wise to keep a First-Aid kit on hand, just in case.

4. Save Your Drinks For After The Fireworks
It may seem like a fine idea to enjoy a few alcoholic beverages during your at-home fireworks display, but the truth is that fireworks and alcohol should never mix. Drinking alcohol slows your reaction time and impairs your judgment – both of which are never good things for people who are lighting fireworks. If you do plan to enjoy a drink or two, be sure you have designated a sober adult to be in charge of setting off the fireworks.

While hopefully you and your family will enjoy a fun, safe fireworks display without incident, it’s impossible to predict what may happen. Following these safety tips can protect you, your family, your pets, and your home.

Have A Great Weekend, Everyone!

On behalf of everyone here at our Lake of the Ozarks real estate team, we hope you have a truly fantastic Memorial Day Weekend. If you are visiting the area for the holiday and are interested in buying a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks, purchasing a condo, or relocating to Central Missouri, we would be more than happy to help you in any way we can.


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