Everyone in the entire family can enjoy a massive fireworks display. Whether you’re going to one that’s locally sourced or planning one yourself, there are some safety considerations to keep in mind. Fireworks are intended to be fun and create a heartwarming experience, but they can also be dangerous. Many people each year are injured by fireworks, whether they’re not heeding safety directions or playing with fireworks inappropriately, they can cause some major damage.
But to avoid that, all you need to do is follow some proper safety procedures. In this article, we’ll give you five of the most important ones to keep your family safe for your next fireworks show. Keep reading to learn more.
Follow Package Directions
Just like microwave meals and using power tools, you should always read the package directions before diving into using your fireworks. The package directions are there for a reason: to help you navigate the safe and responsible use of your fireworks. Fireworks are meticulously packed and created to be used a certain way. If you don’t follow the instructions, you might end up creating a fire hazard, causing fireworks to explode, or injuring yourself and others. So, be sure to do yourself and your guests a favor by understanding how to use your fireworks properly to get the most out of your next celebration/fireworks show. You’ll be glad you did.
Keep a Bucket of Water Nearby
One crucial step for fire safety when dealing with any kind of fireworks is to keep a bucket of water nearby. That way, you douse a spent firework in the water to prevent it from relighting itself. Many insurance companies recommend keeping a bucket of water nearby as a safety measure, not to mention it is a wise precaution in a general sense. Tossing used fireworks or spent fireworks into a water bucket can’t help ensure that they don’t relight and keep everybody safe in the process. It’s better to have fun while being safe than to have an accident and regret not following safety precautions in the first place. In addition to your bucket full of water, you should also have a fire extinguisher nearby just in case. It will make all the difference if a firework goes awry and lights something up.
Never Relight A Firework
It’s safe to say that relighting a firework that doesn’t ignite the first time isn’t a good idea. If it’s already been lit and doesn’t work, it’ll need to go into the bucket of water to be safely disposed of at a later time. Re-lit fireworks can potentially explode, causing untold injury to your physical person. Not only will that be dangerous, but it’ll cause potential medical problems that could have a long-lasting effect. No one wants their excellent party spoiled by an accident and avoiding the relighting of fireworks will positively contribute to preventing accidents at the site of your fireworks display.
Hold Fireworks Away From The Face
It should go without saying that one should hold fireworks away from the face while lighting or using them. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for somebody to get a little carried away and keep one close to them while they light it. This can be quite detrimental and lead to burns or other problems. It’s also wise to use personal protective gear such as goggles, gloves, or even a long lighter to light your fireworks. That way, you stay safe and keep potential sparks away from your face, eyes, and person. This critical firework safety procedure is one of many that should be observed while using any type of fireworks from aerial displays to simple stuff like sparklers and fountains. Staying safe is no joking matter and should be taken seriously before lighting fireworks of any kind.
Don’t Let Small Children Play With Them
Lots of fireworks can be plenty of fun to play with and light. But you should never let your small children play with them at all. This is especially true of sparklers, which can burn white bright and hot. They are fun fireworks that include in your party celebrations whenever you buy sparklers, do so with safety in mind. They can twinkle glow, and emit fun bits of light as you trace patterns in the sky with them. They can also be used for lots of different celebrations. Some sparklers are available in smaller and safer sizes, while others can go up to 36 in. long. Either way, serving safe practices when you are dealing with sparklers can make them a lot more fun and safe for the entire family. The same procedures should be followed when you’re dealing with other fireworks as well including Roman candles and novelties.