Fireworks Safety: How to have a safe 4th of July

Written by: Ted Gordon, Risk Management/Loss Control Manager

Submitted by: Juli Hughes, County Coordinator

MSU Extension Service – Choctaw County 285-6337

 

It’s hard to believe the Fourth of July is almost here. It is a special time, especially for kids with their fireworks. Fun can quickly turn into a catastrophe if fireworks are not handled properly. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that fire departments respond to over 50,000 fires each year relating to fireworks.  Here are a few tips to stay safe:

·  Sparklers can reach up to 1800 degrees F- hot enough to melt gold. Keep them away from your face, clothing and hair.

·  Buy only legal fireworks that have the label with the manufacturer’s name and user instructions. Illegal fireworks are most always unlabeled.

·  Never attempt to make your own fireworks.

· Keep a bucket of water and/or water hose close by in case of an accident.

· Stay clear of other folks as fireworks will sometimes backfire or shoot in the wrong direction.

· Never point fireworks at another person or building.

·  Never put fireworks in a glass or metal container.

·  Never try to relight a “dud.”

· Soak “spent” fireworks in a bucket of water before putting them in the trash.

· Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.

·  Never hold fireworks in your hand.