LEGAL Fireworks: Safety Tips
IF fireworks are legal to buy/use where you live – be sure to follow the following safety tips:
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Never disassemble or try to make your own fireworks.
- Don’t point sparklers, or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they’re being lit.
- Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that are dry and fire resistant.
- Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire
- Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
Sparklers: Every year, children can be found with sparklers in hand – but they are more dangerous than most people think. Sparklers burn at nearly 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. They can also quickly ignite clothing, and many children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet.
Bottle Rockets: These small rockets are attached to a stick, lit by a fuse and typically fired from a bottle. Teens have been known to have bottle rocket wars, firing them at one another and causing chest, head and eye injuries.
Roman Candles: Roman candles eject multiple exploding shells from a tube the user holds in his or her hand. There have been several reports of children losing fingers, severe burns and other injuries, which are sometimes caused when the device gets jammed.
Two Words About M-class Fireworks: JUST DON’T! You hear them go off every year: M-80s, M-100s, even M-250s. They are produced illegally and without quality control, have short fuses and cause hundreds of extremely severe injuries each year.
We want everyone to have a great holiday, and a safe one!