Integris gives fireworks safety tips
Integris Baptist Medical Center sent out these safety tips for fireworks. Seriously, people. If you’re not doing No. 1, you shouldn’t be buying fireworks at all. Otherwise, you’re going to end up like Jeff Bridges in “True Grit.”
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a designated adult shooter.
- The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type and an adult should be present.
- Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them. Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- Never relight a “dud” firework.
- Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Keep a bucket of water in case of a malfunction or fire.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
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