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With the Fourth of July coming up, many people gather to celebrate. They do so with American traditions such as barbecues, pool parties, and fireworks. While it is an exciting time of the year, it is important to be safe. Fireworks are beautiful displays, although they can be dangerous if used improperly. In the state of New York, certain types of fireworks are legal for purchase and use among residents. Everyone should implement the correct safety precautions when lighting fireworks.

Pre-Display Tips

When purchasing fireworks, people are often eager to get the show started. However, it is important to take the proper steps for safety before lighting any fireworks. This can ensure your safety as well as that of others. Before you begin, here are several things to keep in mind that can help to prevent accidents: 

  • Make sure you buying legal fireworks in Pennsylvania
  • Do not buy fireworks that are in brown paper. These are to be used by professionals and not in small neighborhoods. Igniting them in an enclosed area can put surrounding people in danger.
  • Adults must be present 
  • Children should not have access to fireworks on their own
  • Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in the event of a fire
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Do not ignite fireworks in a glass or metal container
  • Keep pets inside

What Do I Need to Know About Lighting Fireworks?

Once you are aware of the proper firework safety precautions, you can begin the firework display. This can be dangerous if it is not done correctly. This is why it is important to be cautious and ignite them safely. This can ensure that no bystanders become injured due to any mistakes. After putting the right safety measures into place, you can start to light your fireworks. When doing so, keep the following in mind:

  • Wear eye protection
  • Do not light more than one firework at a time
  • Never ignite fireworks indoors
  • Do not light a firework in your hands
  • Keep all spectators at a safe distance away from the display after lighting it
  • Never throw or point fireworks at another person
  • Do not relight a firework that did not properly ignite the first time
  • After a firework goes off, wait 20 minutes before dousing it in cold water and throwing it away
  • Do not consume drugs or alcohol when handling fireworks

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