4 Firework Safety Tips Everyone Should Know
Fireworks are often the star of any festival, parade, or public celebration. Their mesmerizing beauty and powerful sound entice people from all over the globe, which is why they are often used in big celebrations like the beginning of a new year, national days, and so on.
Luckily, nowadays, you don’t have to wait for New Year’s Eve or the 4th of July to see some amazing fire flowers in the sky – you can make your own! Smaller fireworks (designed for individual use) are legal to buy in the UK, and as long as you follow the safety rules, you can turn your party into a real celebration.
However, if you’re not careful, fireworks can also take a very wrong turn and produce damage and injuries to the ones nearby. This is why it’s crucial that you follow the safety tips offered by the producer and also check with your local authorities to get a better understanding of the rules and regulations in place in your area.
And, to give you a head start, we put together a list of the most important safety tips both beginners and advanced fireworks users need to follow:
1. Always Buy High-Quality Fireworks from Reputable Brands
Sadly, not all fireworks suppliers follow the rules, which is why it’s important to check the store’s reputation before a purchase. Also, check if they have an all-year-round license to sell fireworks (some shops only take a seasonal license) and pay attention to the packaging – it should mention that your product meets the standards imposed by your country.
The same is true if you buy fireworks online. Check their credentials before buying and ask if they have a valid license for selling such products.
2. Choose the Location
While it’s true that you can create your very own fireworks show, it’s also true that you can’t light them wherever you want. For instance, you should never set off fireworks in a residential area (unless they are really small ones, such as sparklers) where they could produce damage and scare pets, small children, or sensitive neighbors.
Fireworks should only be used in flat and sturdy spaces, where there is enough room so you can keep a safe distance. Also, make sure there aren’t any flammable surfaces or objects around.
This is important to know because, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2018 and 2020, fireworks started around 100 damaging vegetation fires in California.
3. Have a Disaster Management Plan
Whenever using fireworks, think about everything that could go wrong and plan accordingly. It may bring a bit of gloom to the party, but better safe than sorry!
Once you identify the potential realistic risks, put together a plan on how to react in case everything does go wrong. For instance, it helps to have a bucket of water, a hose, or a fire extinguisher nearby, in case anything catches on fire from the sparks.
Also, never give fireworks (even sparklers) to children! If they are not responsible enough to handle fire by themselves, they shouldn’t be playing with sticks that burn at about 2,000 degrees!
4. Give Them Room to Breathe
Once you’ve lit the fuse, it’s time to back away from the fireworks! Many accidents happen because people don’t understand that even small-capacity fireworks can cause serious damage and injuries to the human body.
Also, make sure everyone else stays away from the launching area – after all, fireworks are more beautiful from a distance! Specialists recommend at least 35ft for ground-based products (such as fountains) and around 150ft for aerial fireworks.
Safety Before Everything!
Fireworks are beautiful, but your health and the health of your loved ones are a lot more important than a celebration that goes out with a bang! So follow the rules and protocols even if they don’t make much sense in the beginning.