10 fireworks safety tips to follow

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.

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