If you will be purchasing fireworks to enjoy at your family's outdoor celebration this New Year's Eve, then it is vital that you know how to use them in a safe manner. Explosive fireworks can be a serious threat to your health and will start a vegetation fire if they are not used in a safe way. To this end, here are some time-tested tips to ensure that your family's celebration is safe and fun for everyone while you are shooting off your fireworks:
1. Use Your Fireworks in a Safe Area Outdoors
Fireworks that you purchase for your celebration should only be used outdoors in an area that is free from weeds and flammable debris. If you have a large patio or quiet street you can use for your fireworks, then those are the safest places to enjoy them. If not, then you need to clear a patch of land that is not near buildings, dry grass, or vehicles. If you are using fireworks that will spray a lot of sparks, then you need to clear a wider circle than if you will be using smaller fireworks such as hand-held sparklers or firecrackers.
2. Always Have Water Onsite to Extinguish Fireworks
Even though fireworks are designed to self-extinguish when they are finished with their show, sometimes a firework will not put itself out and will continue to burn. When this happens, you need to extinguish the firework using a bucket of water or the spray from a garden hose. You should never light fireworks in an area where there is no access to a hose or where you do not have ample water to put out rogue fireworks.
3. Always Have Adults Light Fireworks
Since children can be burned and otherwise injured by fireworks, you should always insist that all fireworks are lit by and adult who has experience properly handling them.
4. Check the Laws in Your Area to Determine if Fireworks are Legal
Finally, if you will be purchasing your fireworks from an online fireworks store rather than a local one, then it is vital that you check the laws and regulations in your immediate area to make sure that the fireworks you purchase can be legally used in your area. Using fireworks that are not legal in your area can get you into a lot of hot water with your local authorities, and is always best avoided.
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