Don’t Get Burned: Understand the Dangers of Fireworks

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Warm weather and summer holidays bring an explosion of fireworks shows. While popular, fireworks can cause injury, blindness and, in some cases, death. 

Here are some tips for staying safe:

  • Obey all local laws regarding fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks. Read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before lighting.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area – away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Always have a bucket of water and a charged water hose nearby.
  • Wear safety glasses when using fireworks.
  • Don’t light multiple fireworks at a time. Light one and quickly move away.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • To dispose of used fireworks, wet them and place them in a metal trash can – away from buildings or combustible materials.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

To learn more, go to fireworksafety.org.

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