Red, White & BOOM! Fireworks Safety

Tips for fireworks safety:

  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Always have water handy (a hose or buckets of water).
  • Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
  • Never re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Use common sense when using fireworks. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter, and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a designated shooter.
  • Only persons over age 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
  • Do not ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives. Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
  • Be careful with animals. The noise and lights of fireworks often frighten some animals, so it is very important that you are careful with pets and farm animals.
  • Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during strong wind conditions. Fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from the spectators.
  • Always light fireworks on a hard, flat, and level surface to insure the stability of the items. Grass is generally not suitable for any item intended to be used in an upright position. If lighting fireworks on grass, lay down a flat wooden board for a shooting surface.

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