Are you planning on having a fireworks display in the neighborhood this year? Here are some tips on having a safe display. First use only Class C fireworks that are approved by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
On the day of the event:
• Read the instructions on your fireworks in advance so you know what you need to do.
• Locate the fireworks display shooting area a safe distance away from your viewing audience, trees, houses, garden sheds, wood fences, and decks to avoid sparks setting them on fire.
• Have a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of an emergency. You can also put used sparkler sticks or wires in the bucket of water to cool.
• Use a flashlight so you can safely see the fuse on the fireworks to light. Light fireworks at arm’s length and light one at a time.
• Do not light fireworks when it is windy. Recommend wind speed under 10 mph.
• Follow the Firework Safety Code:
o Do not drink alcohol when lighting fireworks.
o Keep fireworks in a closed box.
o Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
o Never put fireworks in your pockets or throw them.
o Always supervise children around fireworks.
o Keep pets indoors while setting off fireworks.
After the show:
• Carefully check and clean up the shooting area, including those that didn’t go off. Especially if trash from fireworks has accumulated in City streets.
• Dispose of fireworks safely in a bucket of water to cool before putting them in the City trash container.
Celebrate Safely. It’s your Responsibility.