Fireworks Safety Tips
The new year is almost here! Setting off fireworks is a popular activity to celebrate big events, and this is especially true when it comes to big holidays like the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. Although gatherings may be largely virtual or socially distanced this holiday season, fireworks are fun ways to celebrate the end of the year while staying far away from other people. Many look forward to appreciating the dazzling lights illuminating the dark sky to ring in the new year, but fireworks can be safety hazards if they aren’t set up and monitored properly.
To minimize any potential risks, take these 4 fireworks safety tips into account before setting off any fireworks to celebrate the new year.
1) Keep the fireworks away from children.
This safety tip should go without saying, but never let children handle fireworks. In the event that fireworks are improperly handled or malfunction, they should be far away from any young children and in the vicinity of a responsible adult. It’s also important that the adult who is setting off the fireworks is not impaired by alcohol or drugs while handling them.
2) Do not light fireworks indoors or while they’re in your hands.
Never ever light fireworks while you are inside. Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed outdoors and far away from humans so they do not harm anyone. You should also never handle fireworks when they’re lighted. As soon as you light a firework, you should back away from it or throw it in the direction you want it to go off. Also, never ignite fireworks while they’re in a container.
3) Point or throw the fireworks away from other people.
Avoid pointing or throwing fireworks toward other people--this is a recipe for disaster. Fireworks should only be used away from houses, people, and all flammable materials. Light your fireworks one at a time and maintain a safe distance away from them as soon as you are finished lighting them.
4) Keep a bucket of water nearby.
It’s always wise to have a bucket of water on hand to extinguish any fireworks that spin out of control, don’t go off, or catch fire. After using fireworks, you should always soak the spent or unused ones in water for a few hours to ensure they don’t go off after the fact.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville wishes you a great holiday season and a happy new year. In the event that you need restoration experts to help you manage fire damage, water damage, storm damage, or mold, you can reach us at (615) 242-9391. We’re available 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. This franchise is independently owned and operated.