Firework safety is a big problem. Thousands of people are treated each year for firework-related injuries. A majority of these injuries could have been prevented by using safety measures when handling fireworks.
Here are some basic safety measures you should take when using fireworks:
- Buy fireworks from reliable dealers. Buying fireworks from someone who is selling them from the trunk of a car is not a good idea!
- Make sure you read all the directions and follow them as well. Please remember that fireworks are explosives.
- Use fireworks outdoors only. People have tried on several occasions to create 'light shows' indoors which can be incredibly dangerous.
- Make sure you have plenty of water nearby, not just one bucket. A garden hose that is hooked up and working well is your best tool.
- Do not allow children to play with fireworks. Always have a responsible adult present.
- Do not try and make your own fireworks. They are very complicated and making them should be left to the professionals.
- Do not light multiple fireworks at once. This can be very dangerous because any accident could spiral out of control at an uncontrollable rate.
- Do not point fireworks at people or throw them at people.
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket, backpack or purse!
- When you dispose of fireworks, make sure you soak them in a bucket of water first.
- Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks. Also, make sure all body parts are out of the way.
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