1. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
2. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could be too powerful for home use.
3. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that there are many injuries from fireworks each year. Some of these are serious burns or even blindness.
4. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
5. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioning.
6. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
7. A responsible adult should be designated to handle all fireworks devices and be present during the entire duration of the fireworks event.
8. The designated area for lighting fireworks should be cleared of any flammable materials such as leaves, grass, etc.
9. Be sure to have a bucket of water or a hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
10. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
11. Only use fireworks as intended. Do not try to alter them or combine them with other substances.
12. Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
13. Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
14. Use fireworks only in well-ventilated areas.
15. Be aware of wind direction and keep clear of buildings, vehicles, and flammable materials.
16. Soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water before discarding.