Fireworks Safety Tips

Never set off fireworks before? Not sure if you’re lighting them safely? Fireworks are fun to watch, but they can also be very dangerous when you’re setting them off. Don’t worry! VelaPoint Insurance wants to make sure you celebrate safely. Check out our easy to follow safety tips below!

As Independence Day approaches and the anticipation of family and friends gathering, cook-outs galore, and mesmerizing firework displays, let us be mindful of fire safety. The National Fire Protection Association reports that there are thousands of related fireworks injuries and fires every year. Don’t spend your holiday in the emergency room. VelaPoint Insurance has a few tips to keep you safe when setting off fireworks.

Check with your state and local laws first before lighting up. If it is legal to light fireworks in your neighborhood, keep a fire extinguisher with you. Check for burn bans in your area, as heatwaves are in full swing across the US. Be mindful of drought conditions in your area. Avoid trees, buildings, barns, and cars.

Children should not be allowed to handle fireworks. Make sure your pets and children are standing nowhere near where you will be launching fireworks. Never leave children unattended.

Follow directions on how to properly light the fireworks to avoid injury. Don’t drink alcohol while setting off fireworks.

Don’t aim or throw fireworks at another person. And never place any part of your body directly over a firework device.

Have a working garden hose or bucket of water nearby and ready.

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. When finished, allow used fireworks to stand for atleast 20 minutes, submerge in water, drain, place in a plastic bag and dispose outside in a covered trash can.

For more information on how to protect yourself during Independence Day, visit the National Council on Fireworks Safety. Accidents happen. Protect your self and loved one with supplemental coverage like accident insurance. Call 855-548-0727 or visit VelaPoint Marketplace to speak with a licensed agent today and explore your coverage options.