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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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