Horrible Neighbors: Fourth of July Edition
What’s not to love about this glorious summer holiday season? There are pool parties to escape the summer heat, all-you-can-eat cheeseburgers at your best friend’s barbeque, and copious amounts of homemade sangria. The smell of smoke bombs fill the air and you have some pretty cute pictures of your kids with sparklers to post on Instagram. It feels like nothing can bring you down from your summer holiday high.
However, it is important to remember during the time of Black Cats and Snappers that your neighbors don’t necessarily want to have their day ruined by your Fourth of July celebration.
5 Ways To Be A Courteous Neighbor, From Your Omaha Real Estate Experts
Give your neighbors a heads-up.
If you’re having a big party with friends and family, it’s polite to let your neighbors know that it’s happening so they can brace themselves for noise and traffic. While you’re at it, consider inviting them to come out and watch the fireworks with you. People are less likely to be annoyed with something if they have the option to go.
Keep a close eye on your kids.
Kids love lighting off smoke bombs and crackle balls. The tanks and trains are fun to race and see how far you can get them to go, but make sure you keep an eye on your kids and teach them proper firework safety and manners. Prevent them from running in the street, throwing fireworks into the neighbor's’ yard, or aiming anything flammable in another house’s direction.
Don’t do anything illegal.
All of the fireworks you can buy at Omaha stands and in the surrounding areas are perfectly legal, but don’t go buying M-80s or half sticks so you can create a crater in your front yard. It’s illegal and your neighbors likely won’t be pleased.
Be mindful of curfews.
According to the National Safety Council of Nebraska, fireworks are allowed in Omaha city limits from June 25th through July 4th from 8am to 11pm. Regulations for surrounding cities can be found here.
Clean up your mess.
Don’t let your wrappers and canisters fly into your neighbor’s yard. You have to be mindful of other Omaha real estate homes, too, not just your own. They’re not going to want to clean up your trash. If you light it off, you pick it up. While it can be difficult to clean everything up the night of, especially if the fireworks are still warm, it’s necessary to go clean up the following morning. Get every last bottle rocket and parachute there is. You don’t want to litter and you don’t want to anger the neighbors.
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