Fireworks Safety for the New Year
Before you have a blast (literally and otherwise), check out these safety tips first
Welcoming the New Year is always exciting, and you may want to have an exclusive fireworks exhibition in your own home. Err on the side of caution with these reminders.
- Don’t make your own firecrackers. Make sure to buy them from a reputable seller. Don’t let your budget dictate you into buying them from tiangges — purchase them from department stores so you know that these are legal and labelled with the manufacturer’s name and directions.
- Read the directions carefully before using them.
- Store your fireworks in cool, dry place. Heat may cause them to explode accidentally.
- Never, ever let kids handle fireworks of any sort.
- Have a hose or a bucket of water ready in case of accidents.
- Always use your firecrackers outside the home, and preferably in an area where there’s lots of space and away from trees and bushes. If possible, keep the kids inside the house but within eyesight so they can view the spectacle safely.
- Never point fireworks to anyone, not even in jest.
- Once you’re done with the fireworks, dispose of them safely. Water them down or place them in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash. The important thing is that your used fireworks are damp and wet. Most of all, don’t let kids pick up the pieces!
- If a firecracker doesn’t go off the first time you light time, don’t attempt a do-over. Toss it ASAP.
- Handle fireworks properly. Wear goggles or some sort of eye protection, and don’t use your bare hands to light them up. Keep them away from your body while you’re carrying them — friction can cause them to set off.