Whether it’s a Fourth of July bash or a New Year’s Eve celebration, fireworks are usually going to be involved somehow. While most people are careful around fireworks and with the use of them, there are still a lot of mistakes made that end in emergency room visits or sometimes even in death. With that being said, read on below for a few of the most common mistakes people make with fireworks and how you can avoid making those same mistakes yourself.
Letting Young Children Light Fireworks
Fireworks are fun, but when left in the hands of the wrong people, they can become dangerous. One way to ensure that you don’t end up in the hospital with a fireworks injury is to make sure you don’t let young children light fireworks. Instead, light them for them and let them safely stand back and watch the show.
Relighting a Firework that Doesn’t Work Properly
While everyone knows that fireworks aren’t cheap, it’s still important to never try to relight a firework that didn’t work properly the first time around. It is always possible that the firework will go off during the attempt to relight it, causing serious injury. Instead, douse the malfunctioning firework in a bucket of water after waiting for 20 minutes, then disposing of it properly for safety’s sake.
Igniting More than One Firework at a Time
Twisting a bunch of fuses together, instead of just lighting them one at a time is very dangerous and can cause serious injury. Instead, it’s best to put one person in charge of lighting fireworks and make sure that person is only lighting one at a time. Make sure that everyone backs off to a safe distance as well, as soon as the fuse has been lit.
Pointing Fireworks at Someone or Something
Many injuries are caused by people pointing fireworks at other people or animals. It may seem funny or even fun to have a war with fireworks, but you need to know that it’s dangerous. Fireworks are not meant to be played with. If the people around you can’t be responsible with fireworks, then it’s best if you don’t let them near them at all. Also, you should never hold a firework while lighting, as it can blow up in your hand, risking severe burning to your hand and face as well.
Not Having a Fire Extinguisher Close By
No matter how careful, or how experienced you are with fireworks, accidents or fires can still happen. Never have a fireworks blowout without having a working fire extinguisher at hand. If something should happen, you want to be able to reach your fire extinguisher quickly and put the fire out before it spreads and causes a disaster.
These are just a few of the common mistakes that people make with fireworks. These mistakes can be avoided, just by following a few simple rules and being careful. For more information and to order your fireworks today, contact the professionals at U.S. Fireworks today!