Fireworks Safety Tips
Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of
July or New Year’s festivities. Fireworks, while fun to watch, can be
very dangerous if used incorrectly. Each year, there are many serious
injuries such as burns, vision and hearing loss, and even deaths that
could have been prevented by proper and safe use of fireworks.
If fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on
your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
- Always read and follow all warnings and label instructions.
- Always have an adult present, and never allow children to play with
or ignite fireworks.
- The adult igniting the fireworks should always wear eye protection
and never have any part of the body over the firework.
- Buy from reliable sellers.
- Use fireworks only outdoors.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
- Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house,
dry leaves, and flammable materials.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people or animals. Keep your pets indoors to reduce the risk that
they will run loose and get
injured. Animals have very sensitive ears and can be stressed
or frightened due to the igniting of fireworks.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and
then soak it in a bucket of water).
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then
disposing of them in your trashcan.
- If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Stay away from illegal explosives.
The safest way to prevent fireworks related injuries and
deaths is to leave the fireworks displays to trained professionals.
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January 21, 2014