1. Watch out for children
Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
2. Check the packaging
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.
3. Sparkler dangers
Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
4. Keep a safe distance
Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
5. Don’t re-light
Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
6. Handle with safety
Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
7. Keep water handy
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
8. Take your time
Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
9. Stay grounded
Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
10. Obey the law
Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.