Independence Day is right around the corner, and we are all getting ready to celebrate. Summer is a great time to get together with loved ones, have a barbeque, watch a parade, or set off some fireworks. Fireworks are a spectacular way to celebrate as they create beautiful colors in the sky. However, fireworks can be hazardous if not handled properly. On the other hand, fireworks can be an enjoyable pastime, and it is smart to educate yourself about risks and prevention measures. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe around fireworks.
Choose a Safe Location
If you are going to light fireworks, do it in a safe place. Only use fireworks in open, flat, inflammable, and sturdy spaces. You do not want your fireworks near any trees or buildings or have them land in an area that might spark a fire. Also, be considerate of noise pollution. Set off fireworks in a spot that will not be too loud for neighbors or pets.
Never Use Illegal Fireworks
Be sure all of your fireworks are legal and that you purchase through a licensed business. Look at the fireworks label for information on the brand, correct usage, and potential hazards. Illegal fireworks do not meet safety standards because they are often too large for use. Purchasing illegal fireworks can also lead to a ticket, jail time, or severe injury.
Be Prepared in Case of Fire
Always keep a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher nearby when lighting fireworks. If something goes wrong, you will want emergency measures nearby. For example, a single rouge spark could set a patch of dry grass ablaze. Before discarding used fireworks, douse them in water to fully extinguish them.
Don’t Stand Near Lit Fireworks
Once you lit your firework, get as far away from it as possible before it goes off. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed by standing too close to a lit firework. So always move to a safe distance and never hold fireworks while you are lighting them.
Always pay close attention to children and pets when lighting fireworks. Avoid drinking alcohol as well, to remain aware and alert around fireworks. Sparklers are very entertaining toys for children, but they are very dangerous. Sparklers often burn at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause third-degree burns. While they are a classic 4th of July staple, consider giving your children glow sticks instead as they glow just a bright but are much safer.
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