Ten Firework Safety Tips
We hope you all have a safe and happy July 4th. While you and your family may chose to add fireworks to the mix, keep these ten firework safety tips in mind:
* Always read and follow all warnings and instructions
* Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
* Be sure other people are out-of-range before lighting fireworks. Small children should be kept a safe distance from the fireworks; older children that use fireworks need to be carefully supervised.
* Do not smoke when handling any type of "live" firecracker, rocket, or aerial display.
* Keep all fireworks away from any flammable liquids, dry grassy areas, or open bonfires.
* Keep a bucket of water or working garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.
* Take note of any sudden wind change that could cause sparks or debris to fall on a car, house, or person.
* Never attempt to pick up and relight a "fizzled" firework device that has failed to light or "go off"
* Never attempt to make your own exploding device from raw gunpowder or similar flammable substance. The results are too unpredictable.
* Never use mail-order fireworks kits. These do-it-yourself kits are simply unsafe.
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