With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we all know what that means, a fun-filled day of hanging out by the pool, BBQ in the backyard, and of course fireworks. Now yes fireworks are beautiful, fun to look at, and for some even more fun to light. Now with all these fireworks comes firework safety. Here are a few tips about fireworks from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.
- 1.) Alcohol and fireworks are a big no. Even though the Fourth of July is a great day to celebrate our independence with an ice-cold beer, if you are the one lighting off the fireworks it is not the best idea. Either save it for later, or let someone else do the lighting.
- 2.) Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks. This is something that not everyone thinks to do when having their firework fun, but protecting your eyes is very important.
- 3.) Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby. You never know what might happen, and always being prepared is the best way to make sure everyone has a fun and safe holiday.
- 4.) Never try to relight a “dud” firework. For those times when you light a firework, and it doesn’t go off you need to be extra cautious. Don’t go over right away to check out what might be happening. Sometimes there might be a delayed reaction, and the firework goes off late. If the firework doesn’t go off, don’t try to relight it. Instead place the firework in the bucket of water.
- 5.) Dispose of your fireworks by wetting them down and placing them in a metal trashcan. Making sure that all the flames and sparks are out is very important to make sure nothing catches on fire later on in the night.
According to the Clark County Website, in Las Vegas it is illegal to have fireworks that do not have the “Safe and Sane” label on them. Illegal fireworks are anything that explodes, such as firecrackers and cherry bombs, and any type of rocket, such as bottle rockets and roman candles.
Although the Fourth of July is about spending time with family and friends celebrating the independence of the United States, it is important to remember to be safe while having fun.