Firework Safety Tips

Part Four of our National Safety Month Series: Firework Safety Tips

Fireworks can be a fun and spectacular way to celebrate the Fourth of July, but they also come with risks. Here are some essential safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:

General Safety Tips
  1. Know the Laws: Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing or using them.
  2. Adult Supervision: Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Young children should never handle fireworks.
  3. Read Instructions: Carefully read and follow all instructions on the fireworks packaging.
  4. Use Outdoors Only: Never use fireworks indoors. Always set them off in a clear, open area away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass, and other flammable materials.
Handling Fireworks
  1. Keep a Safe Distance: Spectators should maintain a safe distance from where fireworks are being set off.
  2. Never Relight a “Dud” Firework: Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  3. Avoid Alcohol: Do not handle fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  4. Wear Safety Gear: Consider wearing safety glasses and avoid loose clothing that could catch fire.
Setting Off Fireworks
  1. Light One at a Time: Only light one firework at a time and back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  2. Keep Water Handy: Have a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of fire or other emergencies.
  3. Do Not Aim Fireworks: Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  4. Use a Hard, Flat Surface: Set off fireworks on a hard, flat surface to ensure stability.
After Use
  1. Dispose Properly: Soak used fireworks in water before discarding them in a metal trash can.
  2. Clean Up: Make sure to clean up all debris to prevent any fire hazards and to keep the area safe for others.
  1. Supervise Young Children: Sparklers can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt some metals. They are not suitable for very young children.
  2. Use Outdoors Only: Light sparklers outside in a clear area.
  3. Hold Away from Body: Hold sparklers away from the body, clothing, and other people.
  4. Have a Safe Place to Dispose: Place used sparklers in a bucket of water to fully extinguish them.
Pet Safety
  1. Keep Pets Indoors: Fireworks can be very distressing for pets. Keep them indoors, away from the noise.
  2. Create a Safe Space: Make a comfortable and quiet space for pets to retreat to during fireworks.
  3. Consult a Vet: If your pet gets extremely anxious, consult your veterinarian for advice on how to keep them calm.

By following these safety tips, you can help ensure that your Fourth of July celebration is both enjoyable and safe for everyone involved.

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