Fireworks Safety Tips

Independence Day is coming once again and will be filled with cookouts, music, family get-togethers, campouts, fun, great fireworks shows and activities. The festivities are always enjoyable and most of the time, without incident. Here are a few tips to keep things safe:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. (Young children may suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals).
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Source: US Consumer Product Safety Commission