FIREWORK SAFETY TIPS
Fireworks City loves the joy and excitement fireworks bring to every celebration. Fireworks and American tradition go hand in hand. Especially when celebrating our independence on the 4thof July. Whether you are celebrating this 4thof July season with fireworks, a wedding, a birthday or the New Year, we recommend that you follow the below safety tips.
Obey All Local and State Laws –
Every state and local municipality has specific laws regarding the sale and use of all state approved fireworks. Please do your due diligence to contact local authorities and fire officials to understand all ordinances pertaining to the purchase and use of fireworks.
Always Remember to Use Your Head –
When in doubt, use your common sense when handling fireworks. Read all directions and warning labels on every firework device. Follow the printed instructions and understand how each firework will perform.
Keep Water Nearby –
Make sure that you keep a bucket of water, a water hose, and/or a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies.
Adults Handle Fireworks –
At no time should a child handle or light fireworks no matter how big or small. Only adults should handle and light fireworks according to each item’s specific instructions to avoid improper use.
Absolutely No Alcohol –
Consuming alcohol or drugs increases the possibility of misuse or injury to yourself and others.
Use Hard, Flat & Level Surfacing –
Light your fireworks on an unstable surface could cause the fireworks to tip over. Always light your fireworks on a hard flat and level surface. If on grass, use a flat board made of wood as a shooting surface.
Stand Back and Keep Your Distance –
Use fireworks outdoors in a clear, open area away from buildings and vehicles. Avoid dry grass and brush that could catch fire or near any flammable items. Spectators, especially children, should remain a safe distance away from the shooting area, generally 25-40 feet for fountains and ground based items and 75-100 yards for aerial product. If windy conditions exist, fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from the audience.
Protect Yourself –
Never put your head or any part of your body over a firework. Never look into a tube to inspect a firework. Never hold a lit firework in your hand.
Lighting Fireworks –
The person light fireworks should wear eye protection at all times. Fireworks should be lit with punk or an extended butane lighting device in order to keep the maximum distance from a firework. Fireworks should only be lit one at a time. Use a flashlight when lighting fireworks at night. Don’t attempt to re-light a “dud.” If a firework fails to ignite, let stand for at least 5 minutes, then immerse in water.
Always Handle Fireworks with Care –
Fireworks should not be carried in your pocket. Don’t aim or throw fireworks at another person. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
Animals and Fireworks –
Pets and farm animals may be frightened by the noise and lights of fireworks. You may want to keep pets inside or animals moved away during your fireworks show.
Reputable Source –
Fireworks should be bought only from reliable and licensed dealers. Licensed and reliable dealers only carry products that meet standards set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Do not use illegal explosives, alter any firework devices, or attempt to make your own fireworks.