Planning Your Summer Events? Tips For Ensuring Firework Safety

Posted on: 13 April 2021

Now that summer is just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about your holiday activities. If your family is like many others, they're probably looking forward to the fireworks shows. Many communities plan fireworks shows throughout the summer, especially around the Fourth of July. But, community firework shows can be crowded and might not last as long as you'd like them to. One way to avoid the crowds and to give your family more time to enjoy the festivities is to buy fireworks of your own. If you are going to buy fireworks this summer, you'll want to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Here are some tips that will help you to avoid accidents and injuries with your fireworks. 

Choose the Right Location

If you're going to host your own fireworks show this year, it's important that you choose the right location. First, choose a location that is free of dry grass, weeds, or debris. Second, choose a location that isn't too close to parked cars. Finally, choose a location that's close to an available water source. Following these steps when choosing a location for your fireworks show will help to reduce the risk for fires. 

Follow Safety Precautions

If you're going to have a fireworks show at your home this year, make sure you follow all necessary safety precautions. Following appropriate safety measures will help to reduce the chances for serious accidents or injuries. 

Protect Your Eyes

If you're going to be lighting the fireworks, make sure you're wearing protective goggles. The sparks that fly from fireworks can damage your eyes. Protective goggles will keep sparks out of your eyes. 

Take Care With Duds

If you're planning a fireworks show this summer, be prepared for the occasional dud. It's not uncommon to find a few duds — fireworks that don't flare up the way they should. If you discover a dud, don't try to relight it. Instead, leave the dud on the ground for at least 30-minutes, and then toss it in a bucket of water before discarding. 

Watch Your Kids and Pets

If you'll be shooting fireworks off at your house this summer, be sure to pay careful attention to your kids and pets. First, young children should never handle fireworks. Second, pets should be kept in a safe location to prevent noise anxiety. 

Protect During Storage

If you end up with leftover fireworks from your summer event, you don't have to throw them away. Instead, you can store them for your next event, such as New Years Eve. But, you will need to practice proper storage methods. First, store your fireworks in either plastic or metal containers. Second, choose a cool, dry storage location. Finally, be sure to keep a fire extinguisher nearby. 

Check out local stands where you can buy fireworks and ask for more safety tips.