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Fireworks Safety

Fireworks Safety

The use of Fireworks can be the most appreciated breath taking part of a celebration or event leaving you, your audience, family and friends with many fond memories for years to come. The improper use may result in the worst memories with unnecessary property damage or injury. Below are some helpful hints for a safer celebration.

-- Always light fireworks on a hard, flat, and level surface to insure the stability of the items. It’s not a bad idea to surround aerial items with bricks or put them in cinder blocks to ensure that they can't tip over. It is very unpleasant when a repeater tips over and begins firing into a group of people.

-- Grass is generally not suitable for any item intended to be used in an upright position. If lighting fireworks on grass use a flat wooden board for a shooting surface and again bracing the item with some type of block is recommended.

-- Always keep the audience a safe distance away from the shooting site. Always light your fireworks in a clear open area away from buildings, vehicles, and roadways. A minimum clear distance of 30-50 feet for fountains and other ground type items and 250-300 feet for any aerial type firework is recommended.

-- Avoid lighting the fireworks in any area where there is dry grass or brush that could catch fire and or near any flammable items.

-- Always have water handy and available, a garden hose and or a bucket full of water.

-- Never re-light a "dud" firework, wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

-- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

-- The shooter should wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.

-- Never consume any alcohol while lighting or handling fireworks. Fireworks must be used only by individuals who act in a responsible manner and who are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

-- Never attempt to re light, alter, or fix any "dud" firework item. If a firework item fails to ignite, let it stand for at least five minutes, then immerse it in water. Dispose of the item properly.

-- Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during strong wind conditions. Fireworks should be lit with the wind blowing away from the spectators.

-- Always store fireworks in a cool, dry place and dispose of fireworks properly.

-- The use of fireworks often can terrify animals, make this event less traumatic for them. You may want to consider moving the animals away or keeping them inside during your display.

-- Never throw fireworks at another person.

-- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

-- Clean up after the show, several hours later and or the next day when you can see. You don’t want someone particularly a child to find a dud and try to light it inappropriately and cause severe damage.