picture of a firework with the saying If you blow it up, clean it up

In the next week, we’ll be celebrating America’s Independence Day and Canada Day – which means, parades, barbeques, and for some of us, fireworks. People are always preaching about safety when “lighting off” fireworks (which of course is 1st priority), but we must not forget that although they look beautiful in the sky, they can leave a huge mess of debris in our streets. And since we’re all about the clean.

The Maids and I just wanted to take a second to remind you…if you blow it up, clean it up! It’s so important to dispose of your fireworks with safety in mind because even after fireworks have been used, you still run the risk of getting burned or starting fires.

Here’s what you need to do the job right.

Let your used fireworks cool for a couple minutes before starting your clean up. Use a broom to sweep up all firework debris, wrappers and packaging into one large pile. Don’t forget to pick up the strays from the neighbor’s yard, they’ll love you for that.

It’s a good idea to keep a bucket of water handy in case of emergencies, but at the end of the night, pour it on your fireworks pile for a few minutes to make sure all of the embers have been extinguished.

Finally, dispose of everything in a trash can NOT the street drains. This will prevent littering and possible water contamination from the gunpowder residue. Make sure the trash can is kept outside, away from the house over night.

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful week of celebrations, but let’s remember what we are celebrating for. It’s our country, and we need to honor it by keeping it beautiful. Have a Happy and SAFE Holiday!

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