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Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays, such as the 4th of July. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:

Fireworks Safety Tips

DO…

#1 – Always supervise children around fireworks.

#2 – Keep pets indoors.

#3 – Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.

#4 – Avoid setting off fireworks late at night, especially after 11pm.

#5 – Store fireworks in a closed box.

#6 – Follow the instructions for each firework.

#7 – Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place them in a metal trash can away from buildings or combustible materials until the next day.

DON’T EVER…

#8 – Give sparklers to children under the age of five.

#9 – Drink alcohol before or while setting off fireworks.

#10 – Approach or go near a firework that has already been lit.

#11 – Transport fireworks illegally (ex: public transportation).

#12 – Use consumer fireworks.


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