Fireworks safety tips

Fireworks can be dangerous to people and pets. Using them puts your property at risk.

The best way to stay safe from fireworks is to not use them. It’s safer to attend a public fireworks display put on by professionals. However, if you decide to use fireworks, remember the following safety tips.

Be prepared before lighting the fireworks

•  Use only legal fireworks available at licensed fireworks sales locations.

•  Store fireworks out of children’s reach.

•  Always read and follow the directions on the firework’s label.

•  Place pets indoors; they are easily frightened by fireworks.

•  Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket of water).

Be safe when lighting fireworks

•  Only adults should light fireworks.

•  Keep matches and lighters away from children.

•  Only use fireworks outdoors and away from combustibles.

•  Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.

•  Keep children and pets away from fireworks.

•  Do not throw fireworks or hold them in your hand.

Be responsible after lighting fireworks

•  Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water.

•  Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly.

•  Never re-light a “dud” firework. (Wait at least 15–20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.)

Be aware of laws governing fireworks

•  Use only legal fireworks.

•  Use fireworks only where it is legal to do so.

Erin Hill  –


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