S&S: Fire Safety And Common Sense Around Fireworks

The night has finally arrived for us to welcome in the New Year by celebrating with our loved ones and lighting up the sky with fireworks. While they are a beautiful and enjoyable addition to the celebration, we need to keep in mind that fireworks can be extremely dangerous. Every year, thousands of injuries occur due to lack of caution when using these. Let’s start out 2015 on the right foot by following these guidelines to keeping you and your family and friends protected during the celebration.

1.

Don’t use fireworks when the forecast calls for winds above ten miles per hour.

Don’t use fireworks when the forecast calls for winds above ten miles per hour.

2.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

3.

Observe local laws and use good common sense.

Observe local laws and use good common sense.

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Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; AWAY from buildings and vehicles.

4.    5.

Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.

Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.

6.

Keep a bucket of water or a water hose nearby

Keep a bucket of water or a water hose nearby.

7.

Select an area free of dry grasses or other dead vegetation.

Select an area free of dry grasses or other dead vegetation.

8.

Have fun BUT ALWAYS BE SAFE!

Have fun BUT ALWAYS BE SAFE!

Don’t let a firework-related accident and injuries ruin your New Year’s Eve celebration. Just like you, fire protection experts and your local fire department want a relaxing holiday. Be smart, be safe, and enjoy the show. S&S hopes you use these safety tips and wishes you a happy and safe 2015.

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References and support:
http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/06/cpsc-science-fireworks-injuries-2013-update/ http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2013/New-CPSC-Fireworks-InjuryData/

 

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