The lights and colors from fireworks on the 4th of July always look stunning. As beautiful as they are, fireworks can be dangerous if not handled correctly. Every year around the 4th, there are countless fireworks-related injuries all around the country. They can cause short-term or long-term injuries. We do understand that the 4th of July is coming soon; therefore, we have put together a few fire safety tips to help your family and friends from any fireworks-related mishaps. Read on to learn more!
Learn the Laws
If you want to light up fireworks, you should take time to know what state, city, and federal laws say about fireworks. A few states and cities do not permit citizens to use them. If you happen to live in any of these areas, you should look at other alternatives for celebrating the holiday. If the law permits the sale of fireworks, you can enjoy them. Read the rest of our fireworks safety tips and manufacturer’s instructions before you light them.
Light Fireworks Outside
Never, ever light fireworks inside! Detonating fireworks inside your home can lead to a fire. Make sure you’ve got a wide-open outdoor area to light fireworks. Spectators must maintain a safe distance from the fireworks. Fireworks can damage to your eyes, too. Wear safety goggles when you light fireworks. Make sure you’ve got a water hose close by and a fire extinguisher, too, in case of an emergency.
Don’t Alter or Combine Fireworks
Fireworks are made with your safety in mind. Any alterations to the design of fireworks could impact your safety. If you find that there is any kind of defect with your fireworks, don’t use them. Safely dispose them or return them to the store where you purchased them. You should also avoid combining multiple fireworks. Always strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Do Not Relight a Dud
Fireworks have long fuses to allow shooters to back away before they detonate. Therefore, relighting a dud reduces the amount of time which can lead to dangerous accidents. Also, there are some cases where a dud will suddenly light up. Therefore, it is important to always give each dud at least 20 minutes and douse it with water before moving closer.
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