With the Fourth of July approaching, many people throughout the state of New Jersey are gearing up for celebrations. Traditionally, a large part of celebrating the birth of our country involves fireworks. While these are exciting and fun, it is important to remember that they can also be dangerous in the event that they are used improperly. If you are hosting this year’s Fourth of July fireworks, there are a variety of ways you can ensure your safety as well as that of your guests.
Safety Tips for Preparation
It is understandable that most people are eager to begin their fireworks. However, there are many things to keep in mind as you begin setting up the show. This can include taking the following simple precautions in order to prevent an accident from happening:
- Do not buy fireworks that come in brown paper. They are professional fireworks that should not be used in small neighborhoods.
- Make sure adults are present and children are never accessing fireworks
- Keep water nearby, such as a hose, in the event that a fire starts
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket
- Never light fireworks in a glass or metal container
- Be sure that fireworks are legal in your area before buying them
- Keep your pets inside so they do not become scared or hurt
What do I Need to Know About Lighting Fireworks?
Once you have properly set up the scene for fireworks, your attention should be given solely towards safely lighting them. In doing so, be sure to do the following:
- Wear eye protection at all times
- Only light one firework at a time
- Never light fireworks indoors
- Never light fireworks in your hand
- Be sure all spectators are at a safe distance away from the display
- Quickly back a safe distance away after lighting the display
- Do not throw or point fireworks at another person
- Never pick up and relight a firework if it did not properly combust
- After a firework goes off, wait 20 minutes then douse it with cool water
- Never consume drugs or alcohol while lighting fireworks
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