Fireworks bring surprise and delight to millions of eyes each year. As awe-inspiring as they may appear, it’s important to remember that fireworks are oftentimes synonymous with explosives, which means that enjoying their beauty could come at the cost of your health and safety.
Fireworks safety isn’t just for negligent users. It’s something everyone can benefit from, whether you’re lighting bottle rockets or firecrackers, or simply enjoying the view from a distance. Take heed: these fireworks safety tips could save your life.
Fireworks Safety Tips You Need to Know
- Never point or shoot fireworks in the direction of a person, animal, vehicle, or structure.
- Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby for emergencies.
- Never try to make your own fireworks, even if you saw it on Pinterest.
- Allow spent casings and cartridges to cool before throwing them away (soak with water if you are in a hurry).
- Always purchase your fireworks from a reputable distributor.
Lighting & Launching Tips
- Never shoot fireworks from a glass or metal container.
- Understand what your fireworks are supposed to do prior to lighting them.
- Never try to relight a “dud.” Put these aside for later disposal.
- Always use fireworks outdoors in the open air.
- Light one firework at a time, and move away as quickly as possible.
- Bring your pet inside before lighting and launching fireworks. Pets can be responsible for causing fireworks-related injuries.
- Do not take your pet to a public fireworks show.
- Make sure your pet has proper ID in case he or she escapes during the fireworks festivities.
Fireworks Storage Safety
- Fireworks safety extends farther than the time you’re actively using them. Make sure you keep unused fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Store fireworks out of reach of children, even if they are non-explosive (i.e. snaps, sparklers, etc.)
Stay safe, and enjoy the show!