How Can I Protect Myself While Using Fireworks on the Fourth of July?

When celebrating the Fourth of July, this typically includes loved ones gathering to have barbecues, go to the beach, pool parties, and the traditional firework displays. While it can be exciting to celebrate the birth of our country with colorful fireworks, it is important that it is done very carefully. This is because, if used improperly, fireworks can cause serious harm to those using them as well as bystanders. Anyone using fireworks this weekend for the Fourth of July should be sure to implement the proper safety measures to keep themselves and others safe. Continue reading below to learn more.

What are Tips for Safe Preparation?

When people buy fireworks, they are generally eager to set them off as soon as possible. However, they can cause severe injuries if they are not prepared safely. It is because of this that the following safety tips should be kept in mind when getting ready to use fireworks:

  • Do not buy fireworks that come in brown paper. They are for professionals and should not be used in small neighborhoods.
  • Make sure adults are present and children never access fireworks alone
  • Keep water nearby, such as a hose, in the event that a fire starts
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never light fireworks in a glass or metal container
  • Be sure that fireworks are legal in your area before buying them
  • Keep your pets inside so they do not become scared or hurt

What do I Need to Know About Lighting Fireworks?

Once fireworks are set up properly, it can be time to ignite them. However, there are additional safety measures to be sure you are putting in place while actually setting off the explosives. This can include the following:

  • Wear eye protection at all times
  • Only light one firework at a time
  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • Never light fireworks in your hand
  • Be sure all spectators are at a safe distance away from the display
  • Quickly back a safe distance away after lighting the display
  • Do not throw or point fireworks at another person
  • Never pick up and relight a firework if it did not properly combust
  • After a firework goes off, wait 20 minutes then douse it with cool water
  • Never consume drugs or alcohol while lighting fireworks

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