Using fireworks improperly can be very dangerous, with the risk of fires and severe injuries being high. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend public displays conducted by certified professionals. However, for those who want to use fireworks themselves, here are key tips to safely store and handle fireworks.
How to Safely Store Fireworks
- Fireworks should be kept outside the home and away from living areas. A locked storage shed is ideal. Keeping fireworks dry is essential, as well.
- To ensure the fireworks do not get damp, they should be wrapped tightly in sealed plastic bags. A packet of silica gel desiccant should be put in the fireworks containers.
- If the storage area is not prone to humidity, fireworks can be kept in their original packaging or in a fireproof container.
- Fireworks or other explosives must never be stored in self-storage units.
- In addition, fireworks should be kept away from heat or ignition sources such as water heater, as well as from flammable materials like oil or paint.
- If small children or pets have access to where the fireworks are stored, the fireworks should be locked in a cabinet or other container.
How to Safely Use Fireworks
- Children must never be allowed to handle fireworks, including firecrackers and sparklers. Sparklers burn at about 1,000 degrees Celsius and account for more than one-quarter of fireworks injuries.
- Using fireworks when inebriated or impaired in any way is to be avoided.
- Fireworks should be used outside, in a clear area, and away from homes, trees, vehicles or other objects.
- The fireworks display should be postponed if it’s windy. The wind can push sparks into nearby buildings, trees, or grass, and cause fires.
- In case of accidents, there should be a bucket of water and a hose handy.
- Those who are lighting fireworks should wear safety glasses.
- Fireworks should not be carried in pockets as friction may set them off.
- Fireworks must not be held in hand when igniting the fuse.
- Shooting fireworks in plastic, metal or glass containers must be avoided.
- Fireworks should never be thrown or pointed at someone. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter.
- Only one firework at a time should be lighted.
- Malfunctioning fireworks or pieces of fireworks must never be relighted or picked up.
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