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  • Writer's pictureLucy Viggiano

How to be safe with fireworks

Fireworks can be a fun and exciting way to celebrate special occasions, but they can also be dangerous if not handled properly. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while using fireworks:

  1. Check local laws and regulations: Ensure that you are legally allowed to use fireworks in your area and familiarize yourself with any specific rules or restrictions.

  2. Purchase fireworks from reputable sources: Buy fireworks from licensed and authorized sellers to ensure they meet safety standards.

  3. Read and follow instructions: Carefully read the instructions and warnings provided with the fireworks. Follow them precisely to ensure safe handling and ignition.

  4. Choose an appropriate location: Select a clear and open outdoor area, away from buildings, dry grass, or any flammable materials. Keep a bucket of water, a hose, or a fire extinguisher nearby as a precaution.

  5. Keep a safe distance: Maintain a safe distance from the fireworks while they are being ignited and after they are lit. Follow the recommended safety distances as provided in the instructions.

  6. Use protective gear: Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from sparks or debris. Consider wearing earplugs if you are sensitive to loud noises.

  7. Designate a responsible adult: Ensure that a responsible adult, who is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is in charge of lighting and supervising the fireworks.

  8. Light one firework at a time: Light only one firework at a time, and move away quickly after lighting the fuse. Never attempt to relight or handle a firework that did not ignite properly.

  9. Don't aim fireworks at people, animals, or buildings: Never point or throw fireworks at others, animals, or buildings. Respect the safety and well-being of others.

  10. Properly dispose of used fireworks: Once a firework has completely burned out, soak it in water to ensure it is fully extinguished. Dispose of used fireworks in a metal container, away from any flammable materials.

  11. Attend public firework displays: Whenever possible, consider attending public firework displays organized by professionals. These displays are typically conducted with strict safety measures in place.

Remember, the best way to enjoy fireworks is by prioritizing safety. Always exercise caution, follow the instructions provided, and use common sense.

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