As we get closer to the Independence Day holiday on July 4th, it is time to start thinking about fireworks and safety. Although many areas now prohibit the use of fireworks within city limits or select subdivisions, there are still a lot of areas where it is okay to shoot off fireworks in your own backyard. This year don’t take chances, instead take not of these 10 Fireworks Safety Tips that will help protect your family while giving you a chance to enjoy fun holiday celebrations.
10 FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS
• ALWAYS SUPERVISE CHILDREN & TEENS. No matter how knowledgeable or responsible your kids are it is never a good idea to leave them unsupervised with fireworks or fire of any kind. Always be mindful of where they are and what they are doing with the fireworks. This applies even to the use of sparklers that are common for children to handle by themselves.
• ONLY SHOOT FIREWORKS IN CLEAR AREAS AWAY FROM HOMES, TREES OR FLAMMABLE OBJECTS. While it may sound fun to stand in your front yard right next to the house to shoot off Bottle Rockets and Roman Candles it is very dangerous. Taking the chance of a firework landing in an area that could end up catching on fire is never a good idea. The best locations to shoot fireworks are large open areas where the remnants that fall from the sky can be easily located.
• ALWAYS HAVE WATER ON HAND. Keep a bucket with water or a garden hose handy to easily put out any fireworks or fires that get out of control or flame up after being shot off.
• NEVER RELIGHT A FIREWORK THAT DOESN’T SEEM TO WORK. There is always a chance that a slow burn is remaining and it could go off when you try to move it. Leave any “dud” fireworks alone for at least 15-20 minutes and then remove to soak or douse well in water.
• AVOID ALCOHOL WHEN USING FIREWORKS. Alcohol easily inhibits your ability to make good decisions or act quickly. If you are responsible for the fireworks refrain from drinking alcohol or elect someone to be in charge who is planning to remain sober.
• NEVER USE FIREWORKS INDOORS. Not even fire crackers are safe indoors. Always make sure your fireworks are lit only outside and in safe areas.
• NEVER AIM FIREWORKS AT BUILDINGS, HOMES OR VEHICLES. Purposely aiming fireworks at buildings is irresponsible and dangerous.
• DO NOT MAKE YOUR OWN FIREWORKS. Please leave this to the professionals. Only use fireworks that have been purchased from known professional vendors and never from individuals that have made them themselves.
• DON’T SHOOT FIREWORKS OUT OF YOUR HAND. While it may seem fun to light fireworks and shoot them straight out of your hand, numerous burns happen each year from this irresponsible behavior. Always make sure you are using appropriate measures when shooting fireworks.
• KNOW YOUR LOCAL FIREWORK LAWS. Every area and state has different laws regarding the use of fireworks. Make sure to check with our local fire department for the latest updates on your areas rules and regulations.
Independence Day is a day of celebration and remembrance of our freedoms. Remember these 10 fireworks safety tips to ensure the day remains a celebratory time and not a time of pain and upset. Use common sense, educate your children and always stay prepared with water on hand for ultimate safety this 4th of July.