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Firework Safety

Fireworks are a staple of many Fourth of July celebrations and other big holidays. Unfortunately, many people do not realize just how dangerous fireworks and sparklers can be, which is a primary reason that injuries occur. Fireworks can not only injure the users, but can also affect bystanders. Bottle rockets and firecrackers can fly in any direction and may explode on or near someone instead of up in the air. Sparklers are also a huge risk, as they burn at very high temperatures and are often given to children too young to use them safely. All fireworks pose potential risks of burn, blindness, and other injuries.

When using fireworks, you should always plan in advance. Remember to take precautions to ensure your special event is safe and accident-free. Here are important tips and suggestions for the use of fireworks to avoid accidents and ensure everyone’s safety.

  • Use fireworks and sparklers outdoors only.
  • Always have a hose or water bucket handy.
  • Only use fireworks as intended. Do not alter or combine them, and do not use homemade fireworks.
  • Keep spectators a safe distance away.
  • Wear safety goggles when handling or shooting off fireworks.
  • Do not shoot fireworks off if under the influence of alcohol.
  • Never give sparklers to young children.
  • Show children how to properly hold sparklers, how to stay far enough away from other children and what not to do (throw, run or fight with sparkler in hand)—but
    supervise closely, regardless.
  • Point fireworks away from people, homes, trees, etc.
  • Never try to relight a dud (a firework that didn’t properly ignite).
  • Soak all firework debris in water before throwing it away. Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them from metal or glass containers.

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