Firework Safety Tips
It would not feel like summer without a loud, colorful fireworks display. However, if you are not going to a professional show and instead are planning to fire them off from your own backyard, know this: They can be incredibly dangerous.
Because fireworks hold such a high risk for serious burns, fires, and eye injuries, many organizations recommend people avoid consumer fireworks entirely and enjoy public displays put on by professionals. However, if you insist on lighting them yourself, here are some fireworks safety tips to help you can prevent yourself, family members, and friends from getting hurt.
Read the Instructions
Always read the caution labels and instructions for every firework you buy.
Always be Aware Around Fireworks
Fireworks are no joke, and you or someone else can be seriously injured while using them. Make sure you keeping well aware of your surroundings while handling fireworks.
Never Let Children Handle Fireworks, Not Even Sparklers
Sparklers burn hot enough to melt some metals, imagine what they could do to a kid’s hands. Keep a close eye on children at any events where people are lighting fireworks.
Keep Your Pets Inside
You may think you want your pup to join in on the family fun, but most animals become extremely frightened by the loud noises and burning smells of fireworks and are likely to run away if they are not kept safely inside. Fireworks could also potentially cause hearing loss in your pets if they are outside.
Light Fireworks in an Open Area
Light fireworks in a clear area away from cars and buildings to minimize contact with things that could catch fire. Keep in mind that you will need to make the space even larger with bigger fireworks.
The best safety tip you can use when dealing with fireworks is to just grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the fireworks show.