Fireworks are an American tradition and an annual of rite of passage, especially this time of year. Even with our country’s love affair with this type of backyard entertainment, fireworks can also cause serious injury and easily be fatal if not handled properly. This fact is especially true with fireworks that are manufactured and sold illegally or shot off without regard to the manufacturer’s instructions or visible damage to the exterior. Unfortunately, there are around 200 firework-related injuries a day reported in the months surrounding the Fourth of July.
To keep you and your loved ones safe this summer (and during any firework lighting experience) make sure you only buy legal fireworks with a manufacture’s label and store them in a cool, dry place. If you see any signs of water damage on the packaging or the fireworks are bent, crushed or otherwise damaged, do not use them at all.
Also, remember to light only one firework at a time, and never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting the fuse. If a firework doesn’t go off, do not try to relight – immediately douse in a bucket of water.
Finally, never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot fireworks off in glass or metal containers. As alluded to earlier, always keep a supply of water (such as a bucket or hose with faucet handle nearby) nearby in case of fire and douse all used fireworks with water. With proper care, fireworks are a fun and safe way to entertain family and friends. We at AllSparksFireworks.com wish you a safe, happy and healthy firework season!