The approaching July 4 national holiday weekend is traditionally a time across the United States for flying the American flag and for celebrating with fireworks.
If you’re looking for some printable PDFs to create quick-and-dirty versions of the ‘Stars and Stripes,’ we suspect a number of the downloadable versions first cited here a couple years ago — including the one shown below, offered by Boston.com — remain available.
On the fireworks theme, another PDF worth reviewing — at least by those intending to put flame to fuse during the Independence Day weekend — is the 2003 Fireworks Annual Report [PDF: 117kb] by the
Consumer Product Safety Commission, which notes that last year there were approximately 9,300 emergency room visits because of injuries from fireworks. Ouch!
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
- Adults should always supervise fireworks activities.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
- Never allow young children to ignite fireworks.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light one item at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them in metal or glass containers.