Fourth of July is a fun-filled day spent with family and friends in the backyard grilling, swimming, and watching fabulous firework shows.
Fireworks are beautiful and amazing to watch; however, they can also be incredibly dangerous if not used properly. In order to ensure that you and your family have a safe holiday, here are fireworks safety tips:
- Children should never be allowed to play with or set off fireworks.
- An adult needs to constantly be supervising firework activities.
- Fireworks packaged in brown paper should not be purchased by average consumers. These fireworks were made for the use of professionals.
- Make sure that you and your families are watching firework shows from a safe distance.
- If someone is injured by fireworks, immediately call 911.
- All laws regarding fireworks must be obeyed at all times.
- Before using fireworks, familiarize yourself by reading all of the labels and directions.
- Do not set off fireworks while under the influence of alcohol.
- Safety glasses or goggles should be worn while setting off fireworks.
- Fireworks should be lit one at a time. After a firework is lit, move a quickly to avoid injury.
- Fireworks should be used outdoors in an open area.
- Never try to reuse a “dud”.
- Always have water nearby to soak used fireworks.
- Do not use or create homemade fireworks.
- Remember to report the use of illegal explosives to your local police or fire departments.
CDC-Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tips: Leave Fireworks to Professionals
The National Council on Fireworks Safety- Safety Tips