Top 10 Fireworks Safety Tips
We are quickly approaching the time of year when sleep becomes a much sought-after luxury. The weeks leading to Independence Day and for several days afterward, the booming and banging of fireworks keeps many people awake and many pets scurrying for cover.
This is the time of year that we, as Americans, celebrate our independence by lighting up the sky and, unfortunately for many, our homes, garages, and any other structure in their path. Fireworks can be fun, but they can also be deadly if not handled properly. On average, 240 people go to the emergence room around this time of year with fireworks related injuries.
On a side note, I am amazed and a little discouraged by the number of young people today that don’t even know the significance of fireworks or what they stand for. In order to fully appreciate our freedom, we need to teach our children the sacrifices that were made by our ancestors to achieve it.
Okay, where was I? Oh yea, firework safety.
Here are 10 fireworks safety tip from the US government to ensure that you have a safe, yet fun forth of July.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
We want everyone to be safe so they can come back and read our next enlightening, awe-inspiring, time-sensitive blog post.
So have fun and enjoy the holiday, but be safe.