Fireworks are a fun and exciting way to celebrate New Years Eve or the 4th of July. With a little precaution, you can enjoy your evening without incident.
Buy the Good Stuff
Fireworks are made with gunpowder. Even reputable brands have slight variance from one bang to the other. Buying cheap or out of date fireworks will mean more duds and greater potential for the unexpected. A few dollars more could save a dull night and your fingers.
Young Children are at the Greatest Risk
Because they do not understand the potential for injury, kids should never be allowed to play with explosive fireworks. They should have adult supervision at all times, especially after the item has “burned out.” Kids may want to handle a used firecracker that could still be hot or could reignite.
Be Ready to Look Awesome
Sometimes fireworks are so great they catch something nearby on fire. Have a bucket and water hose ready in case things get out of hand. Use heavy duty leather gloves and eye protection. Awesome fireworks shows are outside. Never light anything inside or point towards other people.
Sparklers are Small Welding Torches
Burning phosphorus is about 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. Holding it at the end of a metal stick doesn’t make it safe. Light one at a time. Watch out for your toes and other people. If you are holding a child, don’t hold a sparkler at the same time. Never throw a sparkler.