Fireworks Safety Tips
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s important to keep these safety tips in mind— even if you aren’t planning on throwing your very own fireworks show.
Nothing shouts freedom like fireworks and we Americans love both freedom and fireworks. They go hand-in-hand, especially in our celebration of Independence Day. We often get so riled up on freedom (often in the form of alcoholic beverages) that we forget that fireworks are just glorified sticks of dynamite. 230 people on average take a trip to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries each Fourth of July. Here are some safety tips you should use to keep your Fourth of July filled with freedom and fun, instead of injury and illness.
Firework Safety Tips
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- 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 plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- 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 fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
When it comes to protecting your Southern California from non-firework-related issues this July, contact the security professionals at Cornwall Security Services, serving Ventura County and the surrounding Westlake areas.