Using consumer fireworks on our nation’s birthday is as traditional as cookouts and parades. And it is equally safe if a few common sense rules are followed, says Nancy Blogin, President of the National Council on Fireworks Safety. Along with the safety tips listed below, Nancy urges families to promote and teach fireworks safety by using fireworks responsibly and setting a good example for children, young adults, friends and family.
Have a designated shooter that knows each firework; how it performs and how to safely light the firework. Make your backyard celebration not only a fantastic show for the family, but a teaching lesson for everyone present. Let this 4th of July celebration be the happiest and safest celebration ever.
Please follow these common sense safety tips:
• Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
• Parents should not allow young children to handle fireworks.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
• Do not hold a firework in your hand unless specifically stated in the caution label.
• Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
• Always have water ready, both in a bucket and in a charged hose, if you are using fireworks.
• Have a Designated Shooter for the fireworks and make sure he/she reads the caution label before igniting.
• Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
• Wear eye protection (safety glasses) whenever using fireworks.
• Only light one firework at a time.
• Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Used fireworks should be soaked with water and placed in a nonflammable trash can outside; several feet away from a house, garage, deck area or anything else flammable.
• Do not use homemade fireworks, professional fireworks or illegal explosives; they can kill you!
• Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the Police or Fire Department.
Have an enjoyable and safe 4th of July.