As the year gets closer to being halfway over, we are also getting closer to July 4th. The 4th of July is one of the greatest holidays of the year. The 4th is a day that brings families together to enjoy some sunshine, delicious barbeque food, and of course, fireworks. Fireworks symbolize the battle our forebearers fought to form this great nation of ours. They can be dazzling, fun, and potentially dangerous if not used properly. Today we will explore some ways to keep your home and fingers intact this holiday.

Home safety tips

Living in Boise, we don’t see a lot of rainfall each year, especially in the height of summer. This means that you can be reasonably sure that the grass, brush, and surrounding vegetation near your home will be dry on July 4th. One thing you can do to prevent a fire around your house is turn your sprinklers on about an hour or so before you are going to be lighting your fireworks. Getting your lawn, siding, and fence a nice soak before the sparks start flying is a good way to keep potential fires at bay. While you’re doing this, take a few minutes and spray the roof of your house as well. You may be extremely careful with your fireworks this year, but your neighbors may not be and dangerous cinders and rockets can travel a long ways and still be able to cause fires. Keep you hose handy during your fireworks display as well.

What you should know for this fireworks season (in Boise, Idaho)

From the Ada County Commissioners Office: Fireworks banned in unincorporated areas of ADA County. These areas include property that is “both outside of city limits AND outside of a fire protection district. The ban remains in effect during the current fire season.” You can read more here on their website. Be careful to check the map before lighting up this year! You don’t want to be on the hook for an accidental fire.


Firework safety tips from the experts

Fireworks and fire safety are a serious matter. We should all take safety precautions in order to have a fun and worry free July 4th holiday this year. But, you don’t have to take our word for it. Here are the top tips for firework safety as put forth by the National Council on Fireworks Safety:


Recommended Safety Tips

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.


Bonus Tips: Pet Safety

  • See your vet about getting a natural tranquilizer for your pet before the 4th of July. It may help calm their nerves before festivities.
  • Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
  • If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  • Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
  • Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.

We love the 4th of July as much as the next person, but it’s important to study up on the latest safety tips and guidelines before the fireworks start going off. The best part about the 4th of July is being happy and healthy to enjoy it next year as well! Have a safe and sane holiday this year.