If you’re looking for fireworks safety tips from the CPSC, NFPA, the American Red Cross, or the National Safety Council (NSC) the first thing you’ll find is the overwhelming recommendation not to use fireworks at home. Enjoy a professional display instead – they employ complete safety protocols and commercial-grade pyrotechnics for a superior show.
If you can’t resist the siren song of a few good celebratory blasts, abide by the following tips:
> Use only legally obtained consumer-grade fireworks and search the CPSC website to make sure none of them have been recalled due to safety concerns. Several different recalls have been issued recently, affecting approximately 37,920 products sold: 18 different brands and products from Grandma’s Fireworks, Artillery Shells from GS Fireworks, 22 different products from Patriot Pyrotechnics/Bill’s Fireworks, and Keystone G-Force Fireworks.
> Never allow children to use any type of fireworks, sparkler or firecracker.
> The person lighting the fireworks should wear hand and eye protection.
> Once fireworks go off, submerge them in a large, heat-proof container of water. pre-filled and designated for this purpose.
> Never attempt to troubleshoot or re-light a dud.
> Always point/shoot fireworks away from people, animals, structures, vehicles or flammable materials.