Fireworks Safety a Must

The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers the following fireworks safety tips:

– Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

– Know your fireworks. Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

– Have a designated shooter organize and shoot your family show.

– Parents and caretakers must closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.

– Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.

– Fireworks should only be used outdoors.

– Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.

– Obey local laws.

– Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.

– Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

– Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.

– Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks and use them only in the manner in which they were intended.

– Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

– Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

– Keep pets indoors during fireworks displays. Turn on music or air conditioner to help mask the noise of the fireworks. Close all windows and doors and block pet doors so animals can’t escape if they panic.

– Do not take pets to fireworks events. Provide a safe area where a pet can “burrow in” to feel safe such as placing blankets under bed or draped over a small table.

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