The Fourth of July is one of America’s great landmark holidays to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. And every July 4th, people get injured or property gets damaged from improper fireworks usage! Even the tip of a sprinkler heats up to 1200 degrees and could cause serious damage. So have a safe Independence Day – use fireworks properly. Follow all rules and legislation in your area. Here are some tips for using fireworks safely.
- ALWAYS have water nearby. A big bucket filled with water or a water hose should be easily accessible in case something goes wrong. What we usually have is a sprayer like this and let the kids take turns spraying off the fireworks. They like it and it gives the adults a break every 10 minutes or so from lighting off fireworks. Only use it for water though. Do not use one that has had chemicals in it. So this sprayer only really gets used maybe once a year, twice at most.
- Don’t break the law! If fireworks are not legal in your area, don’t shoot them! Sometimes in areas where fireworks are not legal, there will be a community fireworks display at a church, mall, or park. Be on the look-out for a professional fireworks display in your area!
- Don’t drink and light! Booze and fireworks don’t mix well – have a designated shooter and make sure that person has experience with lighting fireworks in the past.
- Never, ever relight a “dud” firework! If the firework doesn’t go off, wait twenty minutes and then soak the dud firework in water!
Wear safety glasses and handle the firework carefully.
- Age matters. No one under age 12 should have sparklers, firecrackers, or other “small” fireworks. No one under age 18 should be lighting explosive fireworks. If you’re unsure whether your firework is age appropriate for people under 18, you should ask the person selling them. Remember, the risk for fireworks injury is highest for children from ages 5 – 14!
- Do not light multiple fireworks at once! Only light one firework at a time, then move back quickly.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket or light them in metal or glass containers. Make sure you follow all instructions listed on the firework!
Use fireworks outdoors in an open space only.
- If it’s too hot, don’t light! Protect your home, wildlife, and forests – local officials will let you know if it’s too hot to light fireworks for risk of fire. Don’t take the chance of destroying your neighborhood! Wildfires have been started from firework usage.
Be safe and have a great 4th of July! Have any other safety tips? Please share them in the comments. Thanks!