Firework Safety Tips

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Safety Tips to Keep Yourself Safe

Every firework packs a collection of tiny bombs, so the dangers of fireworks are serious—they can cause property fires, burns, and sometimes cuts from flying pieces. To keep yourself and your spectators safe when you’re the one on the launch pad, follow the tips below.

Buy from licensed manufacturers and dealers.

Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from sparks.

Urge your friends and family to sit a safe distance from the fireworks.

Move far back from a firework as soon as you light it, or you could get burned.

Light only one firework at a time. The more fireworks you light, the higher your chances of getting burned.

Light fireworks from the side with a long match or lighter. Never stand or even place your arm directly over a firework. Never hold a lit firework.

Keep your wits about you, and be especially careful to avoid alcohol.

Don’t shoot fireworks from inside a container, or the pieces could go flying and cut you.

Douse all fireworks in water, even if they don’t ignite. Dud fireworks can go off later in whatever garbage can you’re not actively supervising.

Avoid professional fireworks at all costs—firework operators have to complete training and license requirements to attempt even their first launch of display fireworks.

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