Fireworks are devices that are used at some holidays, such as the Fourth of July. They are loud, colorful, beautiful and dangerous, over 9000 injuries are reported each year.
Fireworks are not toys. That’s why the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and its national and state partners strongly recommend leaving fireworks to the professionals! But 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:
Safety Tips for Fireworks
Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
- Always read and follow label directions.
- Have an adult present.
- Buy from reliable sellers.
- Use outdoors only.
- Always have water handy.
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.
- Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
- Stay away from illegal explosives.
- Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
As long as everyone follows the right safety procedures and remembers that fireworks can be dangerous if misused, a good, safe time can be had by all.