Fireworks safety tips

American flags waving, grills firing up, and people buying fireworks in bulk means that 4th of July weekend is here.

In a time to celebrate our country’s independence it is important to remember to be safe while celebrating. Aside from grilling injuries each year, fireworks are not only an attraction for many celebrations but can also be a danger to guests. It is important to obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

 

The following tips are to help assure that fireworks are used responsibly and keep people as safe as possible. There was an estimated 10,500 firework related injuries in 2014, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

 

  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings, vehicles and trees.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

 

Each state has different laws regarding fireworks. For more information on what is legal and illegal in CT visit http://www.americanpyro.com/state-law-directory.

The Shelton-Derby fireworks will take place at the Riverwalk on Friday, July 1 at or just after 9 p.m

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