It's here again: fireworks, family fun and overcooked hot dogs. Many Americans will celebrate with their own backyard fireworks, and we encourage you to partake in the celebration! However, please do so safely. The National Council on Fireworks Safety (NCFS) encourages consumers to review all safety tips before lighting them. Read on for a few fireworks safety tips.
Protect Yourself & Your Family
The NCFS’s mission is to educate the public on the safe use of fireworks and encourages consumers to follow the following safety tips before engaging in fireworks celebrations this Fourth of July:
Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
Do not hold a fireworks item in your hand.
Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water before you discard it.
After purchasing fireworks, always store them in a cool, dry place.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
Ensure all pets and animals are away from fireworks noise.
Mind Your Surroundings
Keep a ready source of water available. A connected hose is best, but a fire extinguisher or bucket of water will suffice.
Appoint one adult as the fireman whose job it is to be on the look out for sparks that might ignite fires during your fireworks use. The fireman should immediately douse any areas that catch sparks to avoid fires.
Wet down an ignition area of at least 30 feet in diameter for ground devices and 100 feet in diameter for aerial devices before lighting any fireworks. That way if sparks do hit the ground, the chance of a spark igniting a fire will be minimal.
Light the fireworks on a paved surface such as concrete or asphalt if available. If not available, select a dirt area without grass or vegetation. Keep the fireworks away from any wooded or grassy areas.
Be aware of the wind conditions when you light your fireworks. Do not use the products when it is windy. If the wind kicks up or shifts toward dry brush or vegetation during your shoot, please stop shooting and wait until the wind subsides.
During dry and vulnerable conditions, please respect to your city's fire warnings and be very cautious.