Fireworks & Sparkler Danger: AMERIND Risk Offers July 4 Safety Tips

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Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico— Guess the busiest day of the year for firefighters and emergency rooms. That’s right: July 4. Even seemingly, innocuous sparklers can heat up to 1,200 degrees, causing severe burns. AMERIND Risk strongly advises against shooting off fireworks. Leave it to the professionals. Yet to fulfill our due diligence to keep you safe, we offer fireworks safety tips for all scenarios.

As the only 100% Tribally owned insurance provider serving Indian Country, we deeply care about the well-being of your family and all Native communities. Please follow our tips and spread the word about July 4-safety protocol to others.

Sparklers

Sparklers are hot enough to cook an egg. Educate children on safe handling of sparklers well before they come into the vicinity of sparklers. Make sure kids keep sparklers outside and away from their face, clothing, and hair. Supervise kids at all times while they’re playing with sparklers. A common cause of injury is picking up a used yet still hot sparkler. Drop used sparklers into a nearby bucket of water or sand.

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Fireworks

—Kids should never play with fireworks. Rather than shooting off fireworks at home, attend a public display, and remind children to never pick up fireworks that may be left over—they may still be active.

—Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

—If you insist on shooting off fireworks at home, know your fireworks. Read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

—Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save any 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 fireworks.

—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.

Protect Your Pet!

What is the busiest day for animal shelters? That’s right: July 5. Many of the dogs and cats that run away in fear from the sound of fireworks never make it back to their loving homes. A mere 2% of cats and just 15-20% of dogs are reunited with their families after an escape. While an ID tag, microchip and current photos are important to facilitate your animal’s return, consider these tips to protect your pet:

—Keep your pup indoors during fireworks.

—Never leave pets unattended, even in a secure yard.

—Playing music or the TV can help to drown out the sound of the fireworks.

—Coddling a frightened dog reinforces fear. Rather, try playing games or exercising to distract them.

About AMERIND Risk

AMERIND Risk was founded more than 30 years ago by more than 400 Tribes who united and pooled their resources to create AMERIND Risk to keep Indian money within Indian Country. AMERIND Risk provides property, liability and workers’ compensation insurance for Tribes, Tribal governments, Tribal businesses, as well as individual property coverage and employee benefits. It is the only 100% Tribally owned and operated insurance provider committed to Indian Country. In 2016, AMERIND launched a new business line AMERIND Critical Infrastructure (ACI), which helps Tribes obtain high-speed Internet. To learn more about Tribes Protecting Tribes or for an insurance quote, go to AMERINDRisk.org.