Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades, and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal, but they are not safe. If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks. Older children should use them only under close adult supervision.
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
- Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands.
- Never light fireworks indoors. Only use them away from people, houses, and flammable materials.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Maintain a safe distance after lighting fireworks.
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that do not go off or in case of fire.
*Restoration Newsline Vol 32, Iss 7