Fireworks and barbecue are an American tradition. It’s always a lot of fun to set off some fireworks for the big holiday, and many families take pride in following these traditions. Please be aware that fireworks can be very dangerous. It is very important to follow some simple common-sense guidelines when setting off any type of fireworks or sparklers. Here are a few tips to make sure your family stays safe this Fourth of July.
- Light fireworks in a safe area, such as a driveway or other paved surface.
- Keep fireworks at least 25 feet away from grassy and vegetated areas.
- Never attempt to relight or alter malfunctioning fireworks. After allowing them to stand for several minutes, discard in a pail of water. Keep a hose and bucket of water nearby.
- Light one firework at a time, and move away quickly. Fireworks should never be held or thrown. Remain a safe distance away from the devices.
- If clothes catch fire, remember to STOP, DROP onto the ground, cover your face, and ROLL over and over until the fire goes out.