Here are some important safety tips to remember while shooting up fireworks:
Always obey the law
According to AllSpark Fireworks, “as a general rule of thumb, cities are stricter than counties and counties are stricter than states.” Before you start shooting fireworks learn more about the city codes and the area where you live. If you live in (or plan to move to) any of the following states: Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, you should be aware that there is no tolerance for any fireworks, this according to the same site. Often, you hear of people buying the fireworks in another state and taking them home with them. However, they still can’t legally shoot them where they live.
Light fireworks in an open area, away from garages, barns and indoors
We were once invited to an acquaintance’s house to watch them shoot up fireworks and celebrate July 4th together. There were about thirty people or so gather around. Everything was fine until the fireworks caught the field on fire, right behind the barn. That’s a way to break up a party. Luckily there were no injuries, but underestimating the power and damage of fireworks shouldn’t be taken lightly. You can lose many of your belongings, including your life if not careful.
Keep fireworks out of children’s reach
Children are curios and often they believe they can accomplish more than they actually can. With that in mind, hide the fireworks from them until you are ready to use them. Don’t assume your children are old enough to light fireworks on their own.
Don’t light them up while holding them
Read and follow the instructions on the fireworks packages. They are there to keep you safe. If you are not convinced that they can blow up in your face I encourage you to look at online pictures of people that this has happened to. If they explode in your hand they can cause hearing loss, eyesight loss and severe burns.
Keep pets and young children away from the area where you plan to shoot up fireworks
Although fireworks are fun, keep in mind the little ones and the pets in your household. If not careful they may get in the middle of an explosion and get severely hurt. Always keep them under adult supervision at a safe distance.
Don’t use fireworks as pranks
This is a hazard and uncalled for. One year, during the July 4th weekend, my teenage neighbors decided to throw fireworks at each other and chase each other down the road with them. It seems like fun until someone gets hurt. I still wonder where the adults were.
Fireworks should be fun and not a hazard. Be aware of your surroundings, know the law and use common sense.
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