As tradition serves, the Fourth of July holiday typically comes with many firework displays to celebrate. While this is a fun and exciting way for families to come together and have a good time, it is important to not forget how dangerous fireworks can be if they are not used safely. If you are hosting the Fourth of July fireworks this year, be sure to continue reading below about the safety precautions you should implement to keep yourself and your guests safe.
What are Pre-Display Tips?
When people buy fireworks, they are often excited to get the show started as soon as possible. However, before lighting that first firework, there are many steps that must be taken to ensure you are being safe. This can include the following:
- Do not buy fireworks that are in brown paper. These are to be used by professionals, not in small neighborhoods where they can endanger others.
- Adults must be present and children should not have access to fireworks on their own
- Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in the event of a fire
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket
- Do not ignite fireworks in a glass or metal container
- Keep pets inside as not to scare or potentially injure them
What Do I Need to Know About Lighting Fireworks?
Once the right safety measures are put in place to set up the fireworks, it is important to remember an entirely different set of safety precautions while using them. Doing so can help keep an accident from happening or help you manage one in the event that it does happen. This can include the following:
- Wear eye protection
- Do not light more than one firework at a time
- Never ignite fireworks indoors
- Do not light a firework in your hands
- Keep all spectators at a safe distance away from the display after lighting it
- Never throw or point fireworks at another person
- Do not relight a firework that did not properly ignite the first time
- After a firework goes off, wait 20 minutes before dousing it in cold water and throwing it away
- Do not consume drugs or alcohol when handling fireworks
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