Fireworks Safety

Fireworks add an element of excitement to many events; however you want the right kind of excitement. Watching beautiful burst in the sky is exciting; having to call an ambulance is not. Following fireworks safety tips is important for a smooth, accident-free celebration. Keep fireworks safety priority number and the pyrotechnician and his audience will stays safe, along with surrounding property.

Fireworks safety has evolved over time in response to the growing fascination and tragedies surrounding fireworks. In May 1770, the wedding of the Dauphin Louis and Marie-Antoinette ended with a tragic fireworks display on the Place del La Concorde where 132 people died. As early as the late 1700s, laws were put into place controlling inherently dangerous activities with fireworks – one original American colony forbade “mischief” created with fireworks. Later in the 1800s, concerned citizens and governments began to intervene with various laws and committees, one such being called the “Society for Suppression of Unnecessary Noise.” In wasn’t just the tender ears of the Victorians being assaulted, there was also bodily harm and property damage from the mishandling of fireworks. Today, it is important that fireworks safety is treated with respect so that we don’t fall prey to the inherent dangers.  

One main tip to follow is to become educated about fireworks safety. Always read and follow the instructions on the label. If you have any additional question on how to light the firework, ask the vendor at the time of purchase. And speaking of vendors, make sure that you are buying your fireworks from a reputable location and not some fly-by-night shop. Bargain fireworks are not a deal with it comes to your safety.

When lighting fireworks, be aware of your surroundings. Make sure the area is open and cleared of tall grass, shrubbery and overhanging trees. Do not set off your display close to a house or any type of flammable materials. While it should go without saying, some people still act without thinking; always shoot your fireworks off outside, and this includes all types including firecrackers, smoke bombs and sparklers.

Another good fireworks safety tips is to keep a bucket of water and fire extinguisher to douse out any small fires and to dunk used fireworks in to make sure they are extinguished before throwing away. The guy setting off fireworks and helpers standing nearby should also wear protective eyewear and cotton clothing as to not create any static electricity. Do not lean your body or face down over the pyrotechnic element when igniting, make sure the fuse and punk are long enough that you can stay at an arms distance.

Also keeping fireworks safety in mind, never point fireworks at another person or personal property. Also, don’t place fireworks in glass or metal containers, the explosion could cause bits of dangerous material to fly towards people. While is tempting to light many fireworks at once for a grand finale, it is safer to keep focused on one at a time. However, if you are an experienced firework enthusiast, you may properly fuse them together. Finally, never use a firework if it is bent, broken or misshapen. Broken fireworks can misfire causing bodily harm. In the same vein, don’t try to relight duds. Follow fireworks safety and enjoy your spectacular display.

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