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MBA Safety News - July 2019
Leave Fireworks to the Experts
Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades, and fireworks. Master Builders' Association & National Safety Council advise everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal, but they are not safe.

If You Choose to Use Legal Fireworks

If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses, and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks

Better yet, grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the fireworks show.
Beat the Heat
Anybody can be at risk for a  heat-related illness . Follow these summer safety tips, like taking extra breaks and drinking lots of water.
Bug Safety
Mosquitoes  can cause a number of illnesses, including Zika Virus and West Nile Virus. Learn what you can do to protect yourself at work and play.
Emergency departments see more than 20,000 children ages 14 and younger for  playground-related  traumatic brain injury each year.
Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades, fireworks displays – and plenty of  visits to emergency rooms,  especially during July.
Water Safety
Drowning caused 3,709 deaths in 2017.  The younger the child, the greater the risk .
Bicyclists must take extra precautions when they ride. They often  share the road  with vehicles, but injuries can happen even on a bike path.
Everyone falls, but there's a right way to do it. In 2017, 98,486 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms after being injured  skateboarding .
Most boating experiences are positive. But joyful times quickly can turn deadly if boaters are not  vigilant about safety  – at all times.
Pedestrian Safety
Cell phone  distracted walking  is a huge problem, and rarely are we more vulnerable than when walking, crossing streets, and negotiating traffic.
Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!

Bob McCall
Director of Safety
Master Builders' Association