Independence Day Safety Tips – Stay Safe and Have Fun!

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: July 2, 2015

We have lots of reasons to celebrate around here at Zanes Law…

Independence Day Safety Tips

Number 1:

It’s THURSDAY! We know all of you out there are celebrating with a big “it’s a long weekend” grin on your face


Number 2: Saturday is Independence Day! Which means the sun, the pool, some delicious BBQ and some fun and festive fireworks, all with family and friends!!!

We are definitely amped (if you visit our headquarters in Tucson, you’ll see the lobby reflects our red, white and blue spirit!)

Here’s a little HISTORY for you:

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83)!

Some argue that we should celebrate this momentous day on July 2nd because that’s when we signed the “official” docs but they didn’t come off the press, hot and ready to go until July 4th!

From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues!

And for you history nerds, here’s a more detailed account of this glorious day (thanks History Channel!)

And now… We need to talk about SAFETY…So everyone can have a great time celebrating!

Here are 10 major safety tips that we believe will keep everyone happy and safe:

  1. Use fireworks outdoors only.
  2. Obey local laws – If fireworks are illegal where you live, DO NOT use them. Click here for more information on Arizona Fireworks Laws.
  3. Always have water close by – A garden hose, bucket of water, put out any fire that may be caused by fireworks.
  4. Use fireworks only as intended – Do not try to alter them or combine them in any way.
  5. Never attempt to relight a “dud” firework – wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  6. Use common sense – Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter, and safety glasses are HIGHLY recommended for anyone lighting fireworks. Fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.  Never throw or point fireworks and someone, even if done in jest.
  7. Keep your pets or other animals in mind – Animals have sensitive ears and the noise and lights of fireworks can often frighten or stress animals. Keep them inside if possible.  Also pick up any remaining debris at the conclusion of your fireworks.
  8. Alcohol and fireworks do NOT mix – Have a designated and non-drinking person handle the fireworks.
  9. Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type – When lit, sparklers can get six times as hot as a pan of cooking oil, or 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. Use in a clear, open area and make sure the area overhead is also clear of obstructions – Watch out for dry grass, brush or any other type of flammable items that could catch fire, like your home or garage.

And of course, please be responsible and DO NOT drink and drive under any circumstances…It’s just not worth it!

For those of you who are not interested in the hard (and dangerous) work of handling fireworks but instead prefer a wonderful show from a distance, here’s a link for all your local spots for the whole family to enjoy!

Cheers to Freedom, Family and Fun!

The Zanes Team



Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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