With the Fourth of July just around the corner, it is important to learn and review firework safety tips to avoid any mishaps when celebrating. Not only does mishandling fireworks pose a threat to your safety and the safety of those around you, but they can also start fires which can also become very dangerous. In some states, consumer fireworks are not available for purchase. If the state and local area that you live in allows fireworks, and you choose to use them, keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Do not light fireworks indoors or in enclosed spaces.
- Do not aim fireworks towards another person, pet, or flammable material/structure.
- After lighting a firework, get to a safe distance away.
- Make sure everyone in the vicinity is at a safe distance away from the firework prior to it being lit.
- Make sure to dispose of used fireworks properly; The National Safety Council recommends soaking them in a bucket of water for a few hours before discarding.
- Do not use illegal or homemade fireworks.
- Do not allow young children to handle fireworks; this may also include sparklers.
- Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of a small fire.
- Only light one firework at a time.
- Follow any directions or precautions noted by the manufacturer and/or distributor of each product.
Many places also have firework shows for the public, where larger fireworks are handled by professionals. It may be a good idea to bring a blanket or some chairs and watch the show with your community!
Keeping these firework safety tips in mind, have a great time celebrating Fourth of July and summer season!