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Using Hand Sanitizer Before Handling Fireworks Can Be Dangerous!

By marydiaz997 on July 4, 2020
(Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

Happy 4th of July! One of the things that my kids and I look forward to on this holiday is doing our own fireworks. I live in Union City where we are one of the few places still allowed to do our own safe & sane fireworks at home. If I’m not at Disneyland on 4th of July, you can catch my family outside watching everyone’s fireworks displays. Then usually around 9ish, it’s dark enough for us to do our fireworks we bought from the local booth.

My husband usually will light our fireworks, but there are some that I LOVE to light myself. I love the pink flower ones that you light and watch spin in different colors. Don’t laugh and I know they aren’t “fireworks”… but I HAVE TO HAVE those snakes that you light and they just produce a long snake like strip of ashes. Told ya….don’t laugh- I have my favorites! Also, I love the Purple Rain one that I always save for the last firework of the night. Plus you gotta have sparklers! My kids love those things too!

While we’re still in the midst of a pandemic due to Coronavirus, there’s one report that I heard that made me think!¬†The National Safety Council just released a warning in time for 4th of July and it has to do with fireworks! The NSC is warning people that if you plan on setting off your own fireworks, please be mindful to wash your hands with soap and water before you light them. With all of us constantly using hand sanitizer right now, many of them are up to 60-70% alcohol based which stays on your skin!¬†That can be a dangerous combination when you’re touching fireworks!!

I have to admit, I didn’t even THINK of that!! Tonight, I’m going to make sure to have my kids wash their hands tonight even though they don’t light the fireworks…… but those sparklers that they LOVE, will be in their hands! I don’t want to risk anyone in my family getting burned! After I heard that, I wanted to share it with you and your families as well. Tell your friends & family!

PLEASE BE SAFE THIS 4TH OF JULY! WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP & WATER BEFORE HANDLING FIREWORKS!