Taking a moment to think of our Founding Fathers and safety.4th of july and fireworks-01As we take today off to appreciate our freedoms and the bold sacrifices of our Founding Fathers (and mothers!) we also want to remind all our MelSpeak readers to play it safe with fireworks.

Sparklers and kids
There is probably NOTHING cuter than kids waving sparkers (photo opp!) but care should be taken when deciding who is old enough for this responsibility. Be sure to have a discussion with each child given a sparker so they know to keep the hot end away from others (and their own hands!). And never let a well-meaning grandparent offer a sparkler to a child under age 7.

Pets and fireworks
Many of you probably have a very reasonable, very well-behaved dog. The trouble is, that to a dog (and most animals) fireworks are not a reasonable or normal event. They are loud, bright and cause confusion. For this reason, it is best to keep all pets away from fireworks. Consider crating your dog during the show to help keep him calm and safe.

Fireworks for the rest of us
Fireworks can be fun for everyone, especially the adults in the group who get to light them. It goes without saying that the fireworks master should not be drinking and that fireworks should be lit in a clear outdoor area that is deemed fit (i.e. if there is a drought in your neck of the woods the fire marshal may prohibit fireworks due to safety concerns).


  • 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.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and placing them in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • And for those traveling: FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.

Whether you are traveling or home we wish you the best this Independence Day and hope you have a wonderful time celebrating. Be it on a lake, at the neighborhood fireworks display or just resting on your couch (no judgment here, being a gift shop owner is hard work!), have a happy and safe 4th of July.