The 4th of July is a time to gather with friends and family, have a cookout and for some, light some fireworks. The safest way to enjoy a fireworks display is by attending one that is produced by your community.
If you’d prefer to have a fun celebration in your own backyard, here are five steps, from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, you can take to protect yourself and your guests from the danger of improper fireworks use.
- Keep fireworks out of reach of young children. It may be fun to have your kids light the fireworks and see them sparkle in the night sky, but it is NOT safe.
- Avoid fireworks that are packaged in brown paper – this indicates that they were meant for professional displays and are not fit for consumers
- Do not re-light fireworks that may not have ignited, just consider them to be a “dud.”
- Keep a garden hose or bucket full of water nearby in case of a fire
- Take it one step at a time. It might make for a spectacular show when you light fireworks all at once, but it also makes for a much more dangerous situation.
Enjoy the summer and always be safe!