Fireworks Safety Tips
Before you fire up your own backyard fireworks spectacular, it's probably a good idea to do a quick refresher of safety tips and what kinds of fireworks are illegal in the state of Illinois.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these tips to insure a safe 4th of July celebration for your family:
- Always read and follow label directions.
- Have an adult present.
- Buy from reliable sellers.
- Use outdoors only.
- Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
- Stay away from illegal explosives.
For a refresher on Illinois Fireworks laws go here.
One last note, don't forget that punching a hole in the bottom of a solo cup or paper plate sliding a sparkler through it for holding will protect little hands from sparks.
Happy 4th ya'll! Hope it's a safe and happy one for all!