Independence Day celebration is not complete without fireworks. Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious injuries and even deaths. In some city, it is illegal to set off fireworks within the city limits and they are legal from 8 a.m. until midnight on July 4th. Each State has their own law to follow to promote safety in the community.
Don't forget to follow these important safety tips when using fireworks from the United State Consumer product Safety Commission
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign they were made for professionals and could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers, which burn at a temperature of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- 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.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw them at anyone.
- Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of fire or any other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with water from a bucket or hose before discarding it, to prevent a trash fire.