Fireworks safety tips
The best way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to the trained professionals. But for do-it-yourselfers, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and the National Council on Fireworks Safety have issued these tips:
Do not let children under 14 use fireworks.
Supervise individuals 18 and under when they use fireworks.
Buy only from reliable fireworks sellers.
Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
Use fireworks outdoors only and keep away from houses and flammable materials.
Have a bucket of water nearby.
Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them in water and throw them away.
Be sure other people stand a safe distance away before lighting fireworks.
Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially one made of glass or metal.
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place according to their specific storage instructions.
Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.
Do not wear loose clothing near a fire or while using fireworks.
Launch fireworks rockets from a rocket launcher, not a bottle.
Handle sparklers carefully. With a temperature of more than 1,000, they easily burn the skin. Light them one at a time at armís length and wear gloves while holding sparklers. Never give sparklers to a child under 5.
Educate children about the dangers of fireworks and teach them to practice safety at all times.
Alabama Department of Public Health
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