Depending on where you live, you may be seeing fireworks tents around town as we get ready for our nation’s birthday. What’s legal and illegal varies from state to state; check your local laws to find out what you can and can’t buy and set off.
But it’s important to remember that even legal fireworks pose some fire and burn risks. After all, they are designed to explode. More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year and nearly half are caused by fireworks. As you prepare for your Independence Day festivities, keep these safety tips in mind.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a public show put on by professionals
- If you do want to buy your own, first make sure they are legal in your area
- Alcohol and fireworks are a very bad combination – save the beverages for after the show
- Read and follow all the cautionary labels and directions before lighting any fireworks
- Keep a close eye on children at all public or private fireworks events; a responsible adult should supervise all activities – young children can even be burned by sparklers
- Never allow young children to set off fireworks
- Use fireworks outdoors only, and far away from buildings, vehicles, and wooded areas that could be burned
- Keep a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of fire
- Light fireworks one at a time; don’t stand over them while lighting, and move away quickly after lighting
- When the show is done, douse spent fireworks with water and then dispose in a metal trash container far away from buildings and other combustible materials
Following these safety tips can greatly reduce your risk of injury and fire. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
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