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Safe and Sane Firework Safety

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.

2 thoughts on “Safe and Sane Firework Safety

  1. A Fourth of July safety podcast is such a great idea with the holiday right around the corner! I think people forget the dangers that can be associated with fireworks if they’re not used carefully. I know a lot of people in Vegas that’ll make the drive out to Boulder City and Moapa to get illegal fireworks for whatever reason but I don’t the reward factor is as high as some would think. All of your tips were great and l like how you linked Clark County’s website to get more information on firework safety.

  2. Smart and timely tips included in this post. I myself have never lit fireworks, and have always left this task to the “adults.” Now that I’m getting older, setting off my own (small) fireworks is something I’d like to participate in. With these tips, I now feel confident that my friends, family and I can be as safe as possible during this holiday. A tip for your podcast: firework sound effects would have been a great addition to make your voice over more lively. Thanks for the tips, Marissa!

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