Firework Safety Tips for the Fourth of July
We hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July tomorrow! According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 200 people will visit emergency rooms with firework-related injuries every day in July.
If you choose to set off sparks this Independence Day, taking precautions goes a long way towards keeping you and your loved ones safe. Keep these safety tips in mind:
Keep Kids and Pets Away
Children should not light or handle fireworks, even after they've been used. Used fireworks can still be hot and active.
A spark can land somewhere it's not supposed to. Be ready with a hose, a fire extinguisher or buckets of water; the seconds you'll save by being prepared could be the difference between a minor burn and major destruction.
Location is Key!
Here's what firework companies say about picking the safest location to light your fireworks:
- Light Fireworks on a Hard Surface. The best surface for lighting fireworks is one that is hard, flat and level. You want to "ensure the stability" of the firework so it doesn't fall down and change directions.
- Don't Light Fireworks on the Grass. Grass isn't a stable surface. If you must light fireworks on the grass.
- You Need a Clear, Open Space. If there are buildings, vehicles, trees or other overhead obstructions nearby, it's not a safe place to set off fireworks.