Traditionally, many people celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with firework displays. This is often a fun and entertaining way to spend the day with loved ones. However, it is important that in the festivities, you do not forget how dangerous fireworks can be if they are not used safely. It is because of this that there are a variety of precautions that must be taken under consideration when igniting them. If you plan on setting off fireworks for the Fourth of July this year, continue reading below to learn more about how to keep yourself and your guests safe.
What are Pre-Display Tips?
After purchasing fireworks, people are often excited to get started in setting them off. However, it is crucial that you implement the right safety precautions before doing so. Before displaying fireworks, it is important to remember the following:
- Do not buy fireworks that are in brown paper, as they are meant to be used by professionals and not in small neighborhoods
- Be sure adults are present and children do not have access to fireworks on their own
- Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in the event of a fire
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket
- Do not ignite fireworks in a glass or metal container
- Keep pets inside
What Do I Need to Know About Lighting Fireworks?
When the correct pre-display tips are taken care of, you can now divert your attention to lighting the fireworks. In doing so, following these safety tips can help to prevent an accident from taking place and harming someone:
- Wear eye protection
- Do not light more than one firework at a time
- Never ignite fireworks indoors
- Do not light a firework in your hands
- Keep all spectators at a safe distance away from the display after lighting it
- Never throw or point fireworks at another person
- Do not relight a firework that did not properly ignite the first time
- After a firework goes off, wait 20 minutes before dousing it in cold water and throwing it away
- Do not consume drugs or alcohol when handling fireworks
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