During 2008 there were over 7,000 firework related injurys in the United States. With the holiday coming up I thought it would be nice for all of us to have a quick review of some Firework Safety.
If you are planning to use fireworks the first thing you will want to do is check your area’s restrictions. Here in Colorado, almost any firework that leaves the ground is illegal. You can go HERE to check your state’s firework laws. If you have specific questions on your area’s restrictions you can also contact your local police department.
Now, if you are in an area of the country that is less restrictive on firework use here are a few safety tips to keep in mind to make sure it is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone! This tips are courtesy of the National Council on Firework Safety.
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
- Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
- Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
- Never relight a “dud” firework as it could explode. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. *Also make sure to keep it away from other fireworks.
- Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
- Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
- Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.