Firework Safety – Tips for an injury-free 4th!

by TOI Admin July 1, 2015

Millions of people will celebrate our nation's independence on July 4th with traditional parades, food, fireworks and fun. While participating in these festivities, many unknowingly let their guard down. Please remember to keep you and your family safe this 4thwhen using fireworks.

Below are firework safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
TOI wishes you all a fun and safe 4th of July!

 

Source: http://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips/

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