Are you planning on having a fireworks display in the neighborhood this year? Here are some tips to having a safe display. First, use only Class “C” fireworks that are approved by the Nebraska State Fire Marshal.
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 and other buildings such as 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.
• Have a flashlight so you can safely read the instructions on the fireworks. Light fireworks at arm’s length and light one at a time.
• Follow the Firework Safety Code:
o Do not drink alcohol if setting off 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 pocket 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 of fireworks, including those that didn’t go off. Especially if you use city streets to light your display.
• Dispose of fireworks safely in a bucket of water to cool before putting them in the trash dumpster.