Follow the federal law and local ordinances when purchasing and using fireworks.
- Purchase your fireworks from a licensed vendor.
- Check with your local ordinance to find out if fireworks are allowed. Many municipalities only allow certain types of fireworks. Find out which ones (i.e. all consumer fireworks v safe and sane). This can save you in embarrassment and fines, and money wasted on fireworks that could get confiscated.
Keep fireworks away from flammable objects and keep a safe distance.
- Don’t hold fireworks. Lay them a hard surface and aim them away from buildings, trees, bushes, pets, other people AND YOURSELF.
- Don’t stand over any device while lighting.
- Little children really should not handle any type of fireworks, not even the “safe and sane.” A sparkler can reach a temperature of 2000 degrees. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission‘s statistics from the Fourth of July festivities in 2003 indicate that sparklers were involved in a majority (57%) of fireworks injuries sustained by children under five years of age.
- If device doesn’t light or detonate, don’t go near it for several minutes.
Keep water handy at all times.
- Have a garden hose that’s already hooked up and ready to go in case a fire breaks out.
- Have a bucket (or buckets depending on how many fireworks you discharge) to place discharged fireworks. A smoldering device can cause a fire.
- If device doesn’t light or detonate, and several minutes have passed, douse with water, then let it sit several more minutes.
Have a Safe Holiday
Before you light your first firecracker, have a discussion with children about safety and what to do if they catch on fire: stop, drop, and roll. At the end of the night, do a final sweep of area to make sure no debris is secretly smoldering out of sight.
This is not an all-inclusive list but it should definitely increase the chances of an injury-free holiday. Are there any other safety measures that you use on the 4th? If so, please be sure to share with your fellow Truepers.