With the 4th of July right around the corner, it is important to be aware of the rules and safety tips of fireworks. Fireworks are a lot of fun and a great way to celebrate Independence Day, however, they can also be very dangerous and in some rare cases, fatal. Whether you are attending fireworks or setting off your own, here are some tips from FireworkSafety.org to keep you safe:
- Obey all laws regarding the use of fireworks- they are made to keep YOU safe!
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting- Just like tip #1 they are made to keep YOU safe!
- Save your alcohol for after the show. Do not drink if you plan on setting off fireworks.
- Wear safety glasses; Fireworks are bright and dangerous we’re sure you like being able to see!
- Light ONE firework at a time, and quickly move away from the firework after lit.
- Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles, for obvious reasons.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water to make sure it doesn’t just go off at a random time.
- Always have a bucket of water and a hose near-by.
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket!
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks. If you want to set off fireworks go to a legal, and reliable store.
- When disposing of fireworks, wet them down and place them in a metal trashcan away from buildings and materials until the next day to assure the firework is completely out.
Lastly, be safe but have fun and enjoy your day!