5 Fireworks Safety Tips
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5 Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the 4th that can help keep you safe this season. dcan happen in the blink of an eye, so be sure to review  these fireworks safety tips so you and your family can enjoy a safe 4th.



5 Essential Fireworks Safety Tips

1. Choose your fireworks wisely.

You want to be sure you have the space to set off the fireworks of your choice. Read all descriptions to see if the item you choose will be shooting off sparks and flames. For items that will shoot up in the air, you want to be sure you have a street or field you are setting them off in. For a small backyard party, poppers and sparklers that don’t go in the air are a better choice.

2. Keep water near.

You want to be sure you have a bucket of water near to pour on any fires or flames that should erupt. A bucket of water is also great to put your spent sparklers in, as well as to pour over fireworks when they are done so you can be sure they won’t spark anymore.

3. Keep a safe distance.

Use a long “punk” stick or handled lighter to light all fireworks. This way you are not getting your face too close to them. Spectators should be placed at least 10-15 yards away so they can watch safely. Stay back from all spent fireworks for several minutes to make sure they are done igniting.

4. Do not let children help.

Children will want to help with lighting the fireworks, but resist the urge to let them. This is a job that is quite dangerous and should only be handled by adults. If they want to help, let them pick out the fireworks with the understanding that they get to choose but an adult gets to light them.

5. Dispose of all garbage.

Do not leave spent fireworks in the street or yard. Drench them with water and then sweep them up. They can pose burns and injuries to children and animals if left out, so cleaning up all of the pieces is essential.

Remember, you can always go see a public display of fireworks as well where safety is always a priority!

Give these tips a try and you are sure to enjoy a safe 4th of July.

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  1. Yes, if only my neighbors could read these! I totally get freaked when they send them off over my yard and trees!!

  2. Not letting children help this is such a great tip, they want to but it is for the best.

  3. Unless it’s professional displays, fireworks are illegal here in Massachusetts – not that it has ever stopped anyone lol.

  4. Pam

    Great tips! My husband and son once melted a trashcan with some poorly disposed firecrackers, so I am all about fireworks safety.

  5. Great tips, we had fireworks a couple days ago – safety should be tops!

  6. I’m so glad you’re posting about this. I get so worried every 4th of July. We try and take every safety precaution before setting off our fireworks. Happy 4th!

  7. The fourth is a scary holiday. Im always hearing about accidents.

  8. Amanda

    We saw kids lighting some tonight on our way home. You can never be too cautious with fireworks!

  9. These are great tips, and I love the “pick up your trash” too. No one wants to clean up after anyone.

  10. My #1 is let the professionals do it!

  11. Great tips! Thank you for sharing these.

  12. What perfect timing for these important tips! I’ve always been deathly afraid of getting near any fire works, let alone starting them myself. I do love sparklers though, those are my all time favorites!

  13. Great tips! We’ll be putting these to good use today.

  14. These are great tips. Especially about disposing of them properly. I can’t believe the audacity of some who make terrible messes and leave it 🙁 Thanks for sharing.

  15. Thanks for sharing. We are not going to be partaking in the fireworks this year.

  16. These are great tips, I always worry about being safe.

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