Let’s Talk Fireworks Safety

Look, nobody wants to be injured playing with fireworks, but it happens. By their very nature, they are a lot of fun, but also can be very dangerous. Wicks burn at different rates, it’s dark out, there might be beer involved…you get the picture.

June is National Fireworks Safety Month. Let’s all take these safety tips compiled by the National Safety Council and be careful this summer season.

If fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow these safety tips:

  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire

Better yet, grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the show.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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