Fireworks Safety Tips

Celebrate safely with fireworks this summer.fireworks safety

Over the past decade, fireworks accidents have decreased even      though sales have steadily increased.  As the trend continues, more states are legalizing fireworks or amending their state laws to allow even more types of fireworks.  Where they may have been safe n sane fireworks only, they are now allowing aerial type fireworks as well.  Fireworks safety awareness is a big reason for the trends.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety is a great resource, you can find their website and more information here firework safety.  And below is a list of their recommended fireworks safety tips:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

One we would add is just use common sense, if you see someone with a lighter or some sort of ignition device, a fireworks and hear the phrase “Hey yall watch this”  Then maybe you should be heading the other direction!  Another tip most consumers are not aware of is that the NFPA recommends 70′ per inch of seperation for professional displays.  This means that for a 500g cake with 2″ diameter tubes you should have at least 140′ from the spectators to the device being lit, even more is better!

Celebrate fireworks safely this year with some common sense and these basic tips, and come back year after year to get the best prices and service when you buy fireworks online from!

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