Fireworks can quickly create fires from the combination of heat and dry weather. Not only are they dangerous because they can start fires, but they can also cause serious burns and sometimes eye injuries. We want you to celebrate in the safest way possible this year so please take the time to follow these guidelines when using fireworks.
o Know where your fire extinguisher is and keep it close if you will be using fireworks. (Note: In most cities, they do not allow you to set off fireworks in the city limits so please remember to obey laws at all times.)
o Have close access to your water hose in case a fire erupts and the extinguisher cannot stop the fire on its own.
o If a fire does get out of hand, please do not hesitate to contact 9-1-1 for help.
o If you have pets, please keep them inside on this day and evening. Fireworks can be very scary for pets and spook them badly.
o If you choose to play with fireworks, make sure when you throw away the remains that they are free of heat and fire. This will eliminate chances of the trash igniting in flames.
o Keep fireworks out of children’s reach or hands. Fireworks should only be handled by adults to protect children from accidentally harming themselves. (Fact: Sparklers burn at temps of about 2,000 degrees which is hot enough to melt some metals!)
o Never attempt to make your own fireworks.
o Never set off fireworks inside.
o Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly to ensure safety.
o When setting off fireworks, make sure to aim them away from where people are standing.
o Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Check out this info graphic on fireworks: