With the 4th of July just around the corner, we are seeing the pop-up fireworks shops all over. They have every type of firework you can imagine ranging from a smaller scale popper to a full-blown sky display for your viewing pleasure. As beautiful as the sky may look lit up with all the colors of these fireworks, it is important that we are making sure we are taking the necessary precautions to keep our loved ones, neighbors, and surrounding homes safe on this holiday.
Fireworks cause nearly 20,000 home fires each year! (NFPA.org)
This why it is safest to leave the firework shows to the professionals, but if you must put on your own show it is important to follow these recommended safety tips provided by Fireworksafety.org to ensure you are keeping yourself and your surroundings as safe as possible.
Recommended Safety Tips:
- Obey all laws regarding the use of fireworks
- Know your fireworks: read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting
- A responsible adult should always be present to supervise all firework activities. NEVER allow fireworks to get into the hands of children
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting off your fireworks
- light one firework at a time, and move away quickly
- Use fireworks outside in a clear area, away from all buildings and vehicles
- Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trashcan away from any building or combustible materials until the next day
- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department
Don't let a firework mishap ruin your Independence Day, be safe when handling any and all fireworks!