Firework Safety Precautions for the Fourth of July

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June 27, 2019
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

The Fourth of July is an exciting American holiday that brings many traditions. Many people celebrate with barbecues, pool parties, and fireworks. This should be a fun time for loved ones to gather and enjoy their time. This is why it is important to ensure all people’s safety when using fireworks. While they are exciting and beautiful, fireworks can be dangerous if used improperly. In Pennsylvania, residents over 18 years old are legally allowed to buy and use certain fireworks. When using them, it is crucial to understand the safety precautions that can keep you and others safe this holiday season.

Pre-Display Tips

When people purchase fireworks, they are usually very excited to get the show started and light them. While it is understandable, there are several things to keep in mind before igniting any fireworks. By implementing certain safety precautions before you begin, you can help to prevent any accidents or injuries from happening:

  • Make sure you buying legal fireworks in Pennsylvania
  • Do not buy fireworks that are in brown paper. These are to be used by professionals and not in small neighborhoods. They can put people in danger if ignited in an enclosed area.
  • Adults must be present and children should not have access to fireworks on their own
  • Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in the event of a fire
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Do not ignite fireworks in a glass or metal container
  • Keep pets inside

What Do I Need to Know About Lighting Fireworks?

After putting the right safety measures into place, you can start to light your fireworks. Lighting fireworks can be dangerous if it is not done correctly. It is important to do so with caution in the right way. When igniting fireworks, keep the following in mind:

  • Wear eye protection
  • Do not light more than one firework at a time
  • Never ignite fireworks indoors
  • Do not light a firework in your hands
  • Keep all spectators at a safe distance away from the display after lighting it
  • Never throw or point fireworks at another person
  • Do not relight a firework that did not properly ignite the first time
  • After a firework goes off, wait 20 minutes before dousing it in cold water and throwing it away
  • Do not consume drugs or alcohol when handling fireworks

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