A firework display is a sight to behold! It’s no surprise people love to set off fireworks during celebratory events, such as the Fourth of July.
However, fireworks can be quite dangerous if they aren’t handled properly. In 2017, roughly 12,900 people were injured and eight people were killed as a result of fireworks-related incidents. It’s estimated approximately 20,000 fires are caused by fireworks every year.
Because of this, you should be sure to practice fireworks safety if you’re planning to handle fireworks for the Fourth of July (or any time).
10 Fireworks Safety Tips
These are 10 fireworks safety tips that ensure nobody gets hurt and no accidental fires are caused:
- Always have a bucket of water or a garden hose ready nearby in the event of a fire.
- Always make sure there’s an adult supervising if children are near fireworks. An adult should be present at all times, no matter how small or harmless any particular firework appears to be.
- Do not let small children handle fireworks, even if they aren’t incendiary. This goes for smaller fireworks like sparklers, as well. Sparklers can cause injuries too.
- Don’t light fireworks near flammable objects (wooden structures, etc.).
- Have a first-aid kit handy in case someone is injured.
- If you’re setting off larger fireworks, make sure there are no children in your vicinity.
- If your firework malfunctions the first time you tried to ignite it, don’t attempt to re-light.
- Never point fireworks at anyone.
- Once you’ve set off a firework, douse the base or remains in water before throwing it away. This prevents it from reigniting.
- When lighting fireworks, ensure no part of your body is above the fireworks device. Once you’ve lit your firework, retreat quickly to a safe distance.