Fireworks Safety

Though we’re sure you don’t need it, here are some tips to have a safe Fourth of July fireworks event:

  • Never launch fireworks from indoors.
  • Wear safety glasses, and launch away from people
  • Always launch sober. If you’re too drunk to drive, you can’t safely launch fireworks.
  • Do not use illegally bought fireworks. Buying fireworks only from licensed retailers helps you be more sure of their quality and safety.
  • Altering fireworks is likely to make them less safe.
  • Don’t combine fireworks. The launch may not scale and the explosion may be bigger than you expect.
  • Be sure there’s water around, either a hose attached to a faucet or a bucket.
  • If a firework doesn’t go off, don’t try again. If it’s been inert for 20 minutes, soak it in water.
  • Similarly, before throwing away spent fireworks, soak them.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket, they could light from the friction.
  • Sparklers can get hot enough to melt gold. Children should not play with sparklers.
  • Keep pets indoors so they don’t panic and injure themselves.

If you or your child is injured, seek medical attention immediately. It is important that someone with eye injuries not rub his or her eyes; it can make the injuries worse, as can flushing the eye with water. If someone is burned, remove clothing from the affected area and run cool water—though not ice water—over it.

These tips will help you have a glorious Fourth celebrating America’s birthday.

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  • Bart White

    Great (and timely) tips!  Here’s another one from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:  
    Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.