Firework Safety: Top Tips for Setting Fireworks Off at Home

The Fourth of July is almost here! Time for family barbeques, pool parties, and most important: fireworks! It wouldn’t be Independence Day without lighting a few sparklers or buying a firework kit for your backyard. As fun as fireworks are, they are dangerous. Think about it: fireworks are little exploding devices. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2016 there were 11,100 people who were injured and treated in emergency rooms for firework related injuries. And of the firework-related injuries, more than 69% of them were burns. Review firework safety tips before you set off any fireworks this year! It could save you from a trip to the hospital!

 

Never Let Children Play with Fireworks

  • Don’t let young children play with firework. The CPSC recommends that children under 5 not handle any fireworks.
  • Don’t let children use sparklers or any other form of firework without close supervision. Sparklers can burn at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit! Be very careful!
  • Don’t let children ignite fireworks either.

 

Use the Fireworks According to their Directions

  • Always read the directions for the fireworks before use
  • Review your local laws on firework usage
  • Only use fireworks outdoors in a cleared area
  • Light only one firework at a time and quickly move away after lighting
  • Wear safety glasses when setting off fireworks
  • Make sure to have a bucket of water or a hose ready in case you need to put out a firework
  • Never set off any illegal explosives. Report them to your fire or police department
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket

 

Dispose of Fireworks Safely

  • Do not relight “dud” fireworks. If it does not go off, wait 20 minutes and then place the firework in a bucket of water.
  • When disposing of fireworks, wet them before placing them in a metal trash can away from any buildings or combustible materials.

 

Keep an Eye Out For Your Pet

  • Do not bring your pet to a firework show, even if they are cute.
  • If you are setting off fireworks at home, put them inside your home or in a crate away from the explosives.
  • Make sure your pet has the proper ID just in case they run off during the fireworks.
  • Do not launch fireworks, or anything of the like, near your pet

 

Other Things to Keep in Mind

  • Avoid buying fireworks with brown paper packaging. This may be a sign that the fireworks were produced for professional use.
  • Never point a firework at another person
  • Do not drink alcohol when using fireworks. Alcohol impairs judgment and it can be unsafe.
  • Instead of setting off fireworks at home, consider going to your local fireworks show and enjoy them there. It’s safer than doing fireworks in your backyard.

 

Be safe this independence day. If something goes wrong during your celebrations, it is always a good idea to have insurance. For example, if a firework incident causes damage, your insurance may help protect you. It is always better to be prepared in these types of situations. Call up your insurance agent to chat about insurance for your Independence Day festivities!

 

Be safe and have a happy 4th of July! And if you have any questions, we’d be happy to answer them! Reach us at 888.754.8299

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Additional Sources:

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): Fireworks Information Center

National Council on Fireworks Safety

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