Fireworks are a fun and spectacular way of marking a special event such as a birthday or the 4th July. However they can be dangerous if they are not handled carefully as the emergency service statistics show.
So if you want to stay safe, the best way of enjoying fireworks is to attend an organised display. If you do want to hold your own fireworks event you should first check with the local fire department because home fireworks are illegal in some states. If you can go ahead, you need to consider safety as your first requirement, especially if there are kids around.
Teaching kids to prevent firework injuries is very important for safety. So take a look at our firework safety tips to find out how.
1 Never allow kids to handle fireworks. Although sparklers are fun and we love them, never allow your children to hold them unsupervised. Sparklers may seem harmless but they reach extremely high temperatures and can cause serious injury.
2/ Never throw fireworks or point them at anyone, even as a joke. You need to stress this very firmly with the kids at the event who often find this sort of behaviour amusing.
3/ Never attempt to make your own fireworks – remember they are made from explosive material and results could be extremely unpredictable
4/ Only buy fireworks from a reputable, legal manufacturer. They should be marked with the batch number and manufacturers name. Illegal fireworks often contain dangerous banned substances and may be called Blockbuster, M80, M100 or quarter pounder.
Only use fireworks outdoors and be sure to have a designated space for setting them off away from children. Always keep a few buckets of water on hand in case of fire.
Never carry fireworks around in your pocket where they could be ignited by friction. Never let them off from your hand or you will be injured.
Don’t allow kids to pick up the spent fireworks after they have been set off. They may still be live and can explode on contact.
Only ever light one firework at a time. Make sure you have pointed the direction away from the audience, the house and in a safe direction where it cannot ignite a fire when it lands.
Never go back to a firework and attempt to relight it if it has not worked. It may be a dud and it may explode in your face.
When you clear up after the event place all the spent fireworks in a bucket of water so you can be sure they will not catch fire
Consider your young children and your animals. Many kids find the loud bangs and explosions extremely frightening and pets can be terrorised too. Keep pets locked in the house and if you do have very young children, consider the type of firework they will enjoy before you buy.
Teaching kids to prevent firework injuries is extremely important for safety. However the overall responsibility does lie with the parents and adults at the event and if there is a firework accident, remember it is you who will be blamed.