12 fireworks safety tips for the Fourth of July

It’s that time of year again – the Fourth of July is upon us, and that means it’s time for fireworks. If you’re planning on setting off some fireworks for the Fourth of July, it’s super important to brush up on your firework safety. You’re messing with some very dangerous, very explosive stuff, so you need to make sure you’re doing it right. We’re going to go over some tips to keep everyone safe this July 4th.

12 fireworks safety tips.

1. Know the laws for your area.

It’s also important to familiarize yourself with Alabama’s laws about the use of fireworks and your city’s laws or regulations about them. Does your city allow fireworks? Is there a specific timeframe in which you can use them? What fireworks are allowed? Make sure you’re following all relevant laws. Respect your neighbors.

Bottom line: the law is the law.

2. Follow all instructions.

Make sure to read all the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. You have to make sure you’re using the fireworks the way they were supposed to be used. Otherwise, you (or a spectator) could get hurt. Don’t mix and match them to see what happens. Not a good idea.

3. Don’t DIY your fireworks.

It might sound fun to try to make your very own fireworks – or get creative with the ones you already have. But this is not the time for DIY projects. Leave it to the professionals and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. Please.

4. Use fireworks in an outdoor, open space.

This one should be a given.

Make sure to pick an open, outdoor spot for the festivities. There needs to be lots of space…and no flammable things around. Fireworks are more of an outdoor thing, really. Be sure to stay away from things like houses. Also, NEVER point them at people, trees, or houses. Just don’t.

5. Have water at the ready.

Make sure that you have plenty of water on hand to douse anything that needs to be doused. It’s just a precaution that you should have in place.

Fireworks safety is essential.

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6. Don’t try to light a firework if it doesn’t light the first time.

If a firework doesn’t, well, work when you try to light it, don’t mess with it. Don’t try to light it again. Just wait 20 minutes, then submerge it in water. It’s best not to try to make it light if it has made it clear that that’s not going to happen.

7. Don’t use metal or glass containers.

Metal and glass containers aren’t a good idea when you’re using fireworks. To prevent any mishaps, don’t use them.

8. Soak debris before disposing of it.

Before you go to throw away the fireworks debris, make sure you thoroughly soak it. Be cautious when dealing with the leftover pieces of firework fun. Water is your friend. Douse the debris. Don’t let people run around picking up the pieces.

9. Don’t drink.

If you’re going to be dealing with fireworks, refrain from drinking. Yes, The Fourth of July is a celebration, but fireworks and alcohol are not a good combination. They’re just not.

10. Keep your audience back.

You might have an impressive crowd of eager people gathered to watch the show, but make sure to keep them back. Get them to stand and watch in a safe area. You don’t want anyone to accidentally get hurt in a mishap.

11. Wear eye protection.

Be sure to think about your eyes. Wear appropriate eye protection so your eyes are nice and safe.

12. Keep pets safe.

Don’t forget to keep your furry friends safe, either. Fireworks can be scary for our four-legged buddies. Set up a quiet room in the interior of your home so your cat or dog can have a place to feel secure. Also, don’t bring your pup to the show. They probably won’t enjoy it.

The Fourth of July is fun. Don’t forget to stay safe if your area allows fireworks and you’re planning on putting on a show. Remember, you’re dealing with something that’s very, well, explosive. Be very careful.

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