By Katy Siwirski

Summertime is nearly here, and it’s time to take firework safety into consideration. It is important to check your town’s laws on fireworks before proceeding further. Setting off your fireworks in the right place can make a huge difference in your display, making preparation essential. What steps should you take to ensure proper firework safety?

Before planning your firework display, ensure that you are aware of the laws and regulations for fireworks in your town. Upon verification, ensure that a responsible, sober adult is present to supervise all firework activities. You should never handle fireworks if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Secondly, make sure any pets you have are safe and secure indoors. Ensure that your pet has an identification tag under the circumstances that they get loose outside if they become startled from loud noises. It is important to remember that fireworks are to be used only outdoors, and should be lit one at a time. Don’t be afraid to take extra precautions when using fireworks. Wear safety goggles when shooting off fireworks, and keep a bucket of water close by incase anything goes wrong. Light one firework at a time, and quickly move away from it.

If your fireworks malfunction, it is important that you do not use them again. Wait 20 minutes upon malfunctioning, and soak the firework in a bucket of water. “Dud” fireworks still have the possibility of detonating and shouldn’t be handled until they have been doused with water and let to sit before they are disposed of. Read all directions before using your fireworks. If you notice someone using illegal explosives, such as M-80s, report them to the police or fire department immediately.

It is important to ensure the safe usage of fireworks for the protection of yourself, and those around you. Follow the suggestions above, and you’ll be able to enjoy splendid firework displays this summer, while being safe at the same time. Do not expose yourself to fireworks displays if they are illegal in your town. Remember, always be safe.

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