Fireworks safety tips

While it is best to leave fireworks to the professionals, if you plan to have fireworks at your celebration, follow these precautions and set some rules in advance.

  • Always read and follow all warnings and label instructions.
  • Never allow children to play with or light fireworks.
  • The adult lighting the fireworks should always wear eye protection. No one should ever have any part of their body over the fireworks.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket) in case of fire.
  • Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house. Keep away from dry leaves and other flammable materials.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people or animals.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Never relight a dud firework. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water and then putting them in a trash can.

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