Firework Safety Tips

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With the 4th of July right around the corner, it is important to remember to stay safe around fireworks and sparklers. Although they are a large part of the holiday festivities, they can be dangerous if not used correctly. Following these firework safety tips can help ensure everyone stays safe this holiday:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
  • Always supervise teens and young adults when they are using fireworks.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors.
  • Always have water or a fire extinguisher nearby when setting of fireworks.
  • Read the instructions and warning labels of fireworks before lighting them.
  • Know and obey all of the local firework laws. Never set off fireworks where they are prohibited.
  • Never use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait at least 20 minutes before approaching the firework and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Soak all used fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them away.
  • Never use homemade fireworks or explosives.

Although sparklers may seem like a safe alternative to fireworks, they can be dangerous if not used correctly. Always make sure to follow these safety tips when using sparklers.

  • Always stand when using sparklers.
  • Never hold a child in your arms when using sparklers.
  • Never hold, or light more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Never throw sparklers
  • Be sure to drop sparklers in water after use since the wire and stick may remain hot after it is extinguished.
  • Do not allow children to wave sparklers or run while holding one.

Making sure everyone knows how to stay safe around fireworks can help ensure that nobody gets hurt. To ensure that your home and belongings are properly covered from any accidents caused by fireworks, contact the insurance professionals at North American Advantage Insurance Services.