Disaster Preparedness | July 1, 2015

Celebrate July 4th with these Fireworks Safety Tips

Have fun and celebrate Independence Day with your family and friends! Just remember… fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious injuries.

Enjoy the power of fireworks with these safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to play with or light fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby, just in case.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Even the seemingly innocent sparkler burns at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Keep as much distance as you can when lighting the fuse, then move back quickly.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse with plenty of water before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

 

Source: www.cpsc.gov

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