Having a blast?
With warm weather and family gatherings, the Fourth of July can be a great time to celebrate and make memories. Fireworks are also a great way to celebrate, but fireworks can cause severe burns and eye injuries If not handled properly. To help you celebrate this Fourth of July, we have compiled the following safety tips:
- Some fireworks are illegal in Pennsylvania so be sure to buy from reputable sellers.
- Always read and follow label directions.
- Children should never play with fireworks. Even sparklers are dangerous. They can get hot enough to melt gold and will burn skin, clothing and hair.
- Only use outdoors.
- Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
- Light only one firework at a time and do not alter or bundle fireworks together.
- Never throw or point fireworks at people, animals, or flammable items.
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot fireworks from your hand or in metal or glass containers.
- Do not re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
- If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
- The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair one’s judgment and ability to properly set up and set off fireworks.