Fireworks safety guidelines

Fireworks safety guidelines
Oklahoman Published: July 1, 2013

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Fireworks safety guidelines

• Always read the instructions carefully before attempting to light a fireworks item.

• Never pick up unlit or unexploded fireworks. Malfunctioning fireworks should be soaked in a bucket of water for one hour before disposing. Never attempt to relight malfunctioning fireworks.

• Do not store failed or dud fireworks. These can suddenly ignite without warning.

• Do not throw burned out sparklers on the ground. The hot debris left over from the sparkler can burn someone if they step on it.

• Shoot fireworks one at a time, never try to light several fuses at one time.

• Always wear proper clothing whenever you use fireworks. This includes cotton or denim clothing, long pants, eye protection, covered shoes, and (if necessary) ear protection.

• Keep fireworks away from open flames, including cigarettes. Do not smoke around fireworks.

• Keep your fireworks dry. Never attempt to light fireworks that have become wet.

• When lighting fireworks, consider the direction of the wind and wind speed. Never light fireworks if the wind is too strong.

• Never allow children to use fireworks without direct adult supervision. Children should be instructed on the safe use of fireworks before allowing them to participate.


The Fireworks Alliance