How To Use Fireworks

Learning how to use fireworks should be a class you have to take before buying pyrotechnics – like Fireworks 101! Many of the fireworks on the consumer market are very straightforward to shoot off, but learning how to use fireworks in general and how to keep safety in mind is still important.  Sticking a match to a fuse isn’t all there is to it. Many tips and tricks will make the experience better. Plus, you want to have fun and your firework celebration, not end up being rushed to the hospital. So, take the time to learn how to use fireworks and keep yourself, your audience and the surrounding property safe, smiling and ready to see more!

One of the first things to learn about how to use fireworks is safety. Always read and follow the instructions on the printed on the label of your pyrotechnic item. If you have any additional question on how to shoot fireworks you’ve purchased, ask the seller at the point of purchase. A trusted vendor is the best source for buying fireworks and learning how to use fireworks, not some fly-by-night shop on the side of the road. Cheaply-made, 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 your house, other property or any type of flammable and hazardous 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.

A major tip on how to use fireworks is to always light the fuse with a punk. The slow burning nature of punks is so much safer than an open flame and can keep you a safe distance away from the explosive materials. Users should wear cotton clothing to prevent accidental sparking that can be caused by synthetic garments. Also, goggles or other protective eyewear is a good idea. When lighting the fuse, use the punk and stay back as far as possible. Don’t stick your head down over the firework or try to handle or relight it if it was a dud.  Toss these duds, along with your used fireworks and punks, into a bucket of water to make sure they are completely extinguished before dumping in the trash.

Don’t point fireworks toward another person or personal property or put them in unapproved glass or metal containers.  Another thing to remember in how to use fireworks is to discard bent, broken or misshapen pyrotechnic items. Broken fireworks can misfire, as chemicals and effects get jammed up inside and can explode prematurely or out the side causing personal injury. When you know how to use fireworks the proper way, your firework show will be much more safe and enjoyable for everyone involved.