Celebrating the Fourth of July with a sky full of fireworks is very much a part of the American tradition.
In fact, the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimated that over 16,000 fireworks displays commemorated America’s birthday in 2017. While fireworks are fun to watch, they can also be very dangerous when you’re setting them off yourself. The National Fire Protection Association reports that thousands of related fireworks injuries and fires happen each year. If you’ve never set off fireworks before or aren’t sure if you’re lighting them safely — don’t worry! Check out our easy to follow safety tips below!
- Before lighting fireworks, check your state and local laws. If it’s legal to set off fireworks in your neighborhood, keep a fire extinguisher with you. Be mindful of drought conditions in your area, and avoid buildings, barns and cars.
- Children should not handle fireworks. Make sure your pets and children aren’t standing anywhere near where you will be launching fireworks — and never leave them unattended.
- Follow directions for lighting the fireworks to avoid injury. Don’t drink alcohol while setting off fireworks.
- Never try to relight a firework that has failed to go off or try to relight a used firework. Before throwing away your used fireworks, completely soak them in water.