The Fourth of July is an exciting holiday filled with family and friends, backyard barbeques, and of course the main event—the fireworks. Setting off your own fireworks can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous. Before you get ready to start your pyrotechnic display, make sure you know some of the basics of fireworks safety.
Keep Kids Back
Young children don’t understand that the pretty lights they are watching are dangerous. If you have young kids watching your fireworks display, set up seats for them far from danger, and be sure they don’t come any closer. Sometimes a clearly defined line can help them understand—try using chalk to draw a “safe line” on the ground and ensure they don’t pass it.
Read The Instructions
Before you set off any fireworks, read the instructions on the packaging and all of the details on how the particular piece works. You should know what height to expect from it as well as how much space you will need around it. You should also be sure you know how long it will take to burn, and exactly how to light it. Even if you are experienced with setting off fireworks, it’s important to read each new package to be sure you set them off safely.
You should also make certain that all of the fireworks you purchase are legal for use in your state—state laws vary.
Be Fire Smart
Fireworks have the word fire in them for a reason! Fires started by errant fireworks on houses, trees, and other items are not uncommon. Be prepared for any eventuality. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby just in case something catches fire.
You should also keep a bucket of water handy and drop used fireworks into the water to make certain they are out afterward. It doesn’t take much to start a fire, so don’t take any risks. A few precautions can prevent a big disaster.
A safe fireworks display is a thing of beauty and awe, and should be fun for everyone with minimal risk. Be prepared, know what to expect, and anticipate possible dangers. That way everyone can enjoy the Fourth of July safely.