Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Lighting Fireworks? Be Prepared, Be Safe, Be Responsible

Fireworks can be fun and exciting for everyone.  But if they aren't used safely they can cause serious injury and property damage.  Follow these essential steps so that you, your kids, your pets, and your neighbors don't suffer the consequences of the careless use of fireworks:

Before lighting fireworks: Be Prepared!

  • Purchase only legal fireworks, available at licensed stands
  • Purchase only the quantity that you will use
  • Ensure the safety of pets; loud noises may scare pets
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks
  • Have a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks
  • Clear a level area away from things that can burn
  • Know your address/location if you need to call 9-1-1 and know basic first aid.
  • Teach your children to “stop, drop, and roll” if their clothes catch on fire
When lighting fireworks: Be Safe!

  • Only adults should light fireworks.
  • Use eye protection, wear safety goggles.
  • Light one at a time and move away quickly.
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance.
  • Use only outdoors, away from anything that can burn.
  • To prevent injuries, follow the directions on the label carefully.
  • Be considerate of your neighbors, family pets, and your environment.
When finished: Be Responsible!

  • Clean up all debris when finished.
  • Duds can be dangerous; if a fireworks item does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least fifteen minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.
  • Make sure unused fireworks, matches, and lighters are out of sight and reach of children.
Also, check out this public service announcement from the Vancouver Fire Marshal about fireworks safety:

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