With the start of summer upon us we will be seeing firework tents popping up all over the place in states that allow the sale of fireworks. Just because anyone can go and purchase them does not mean we have the same skill and knowledge that trained professionals have. Every year there are several firework related injuries that can be avoided by following some safety precautions and following all instructions. Take a moment to check out this list we created for some tips on how to ensure you and your loved ones are properly protected against firework related injury.
- Always read all of the directions on the packaging and follow them properly. Fireworks can be extremely dangerous when not used properly.
- Only use outdoors, never indoors.
- Adults only! Children should not be allowed to use fireworks or be near them when lit off.
- Always have water handy and be near a functioning hose.
- Make sure to research sellers and only buy from a reliable place.
- Never experiment with trying to make your own fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- Never re-light a “dud” firework, immerse it in water for at least 30 minutes before disposing of safely and properly.
- Do not throw firework remains into indoor trash cans, collect them and bag them up and leave them outside for the garbage man, do not bring inside.
- Make sure small children are indoors when lighting off fireworks. They will still be able to observe without being close to the action.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trash after they have cooled for a sufficient amount of time.
- Refrain from aiming, pointing or throwing fireworks at other people.
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket, purse or backpack. Always have a safe and sturdy way to transport them.
- The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
- Make sure to know your local laws, never light off fireworks in a state where it is illegal or buy them where it is illegal.
- Stay away from illegal explosives.
If you have any other questions or concerns we highly recommend visiting National Council on Fireworks Safety for more detailed information.