Fireworks Safety Tips
consumer fireworks on our nation’s birthday is as
traditional as cookouts and parades. It can be safe if a few
common sense rules are followed, says Ralph Apel, the
spokesperson for the National Council on Fireworks Safety.
Consumer fireworks go through vigorous third party testing
in China before being shipped to the United States. But
he notes, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (“CPSC”), there were an estimated 9,600
fireworks related injuries during the Fourth of July season
in 2011. Follow these safety guidelines to ensure that
injuries are greatly reduced this season.
Are Not For Children
should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
Children should enjoy the fireworks by only watching them.
Fireworks are not intended for use by children.
And Fireworks Do Not Mix
must be used only by persons who are not under the influence
of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save
your alcohol for after the show.
The Law And Use Your Common Sense
local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do
not use them. Be sure to read all the labels and warning
before you shoot the product. This will give you a better
understanding of the product and never relight a dud.
On A Solid Surface And In A Clear Area, Open Area
light fireworks on a hard, flat surface to insure product
stability. It may also be a good idea to brace the
product to assure the product will not fall over. Use the
fireworks in a clear, open space away from buildings and
vehicles, making sure the above area are free from
Sure All Extremities Are Clear From The Fireworks
put your head or any part of your body over the top of any
fireworks. Never look into a tube to check on the
firework. Never hold an ignited firework in your hand.
It may also be a good idea to wear safety glasses when
Aware Of Other Fireworks Not Ignited.
is important to use great care with fireworks not being used
that are in the area of your shooting location. Debris
and sparks from ignited fireworks can light others in close
proximity. Be sure to cover those products.
Have Water Ready
have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
light In Windy Conditions
cautious of lighting any fireworks during windy conditions.
Are Not Toys or Weapons
aim or throw fireworks at individuals.
store fireworks in a cool, dry place; and dispose of
Fireworks From Reliable Sources
fireworks only from reliable, licensed fireworks dealers.
Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter
sticks, to the fire or police department.
Aware Of Animal Safety
careful using fireworks around animals. Keep animals
inside during your use of fireworks, and warn your neighbors
that you are about to use fireworks, so they can properly
protect their animals.
Are Not Allowed On Planes
is a violation of federal law to transport fireworks on
airplanes. Please do not attempt to do so.