Setting off fireworks for the holiday? Look for power lines
If the fireworks show is in your yard this July 4, steer clear of power lines. Most people celebrate by watching a local, professional show supervised by firefighters. But if you are starting the performance early with consumer fireworks, here are some tips:
- Your fireworks might be legal, but that does NOT mean they are safe. The U.S. Fire Administration reports thousands of fireworks-related injuries each summer. The biggest threat: firecrackers, followed by bottle rockets and sparklers, which burn at about 2,000 degrees.
- Fireworks are especially dangerous when used near power lines, so stay clear. Light fireworks only in open areas where no power lines can be seen, and call your cooperative immediately if your celebration gets tangled in an overhead wire.
- Children should be spectators, not participants in the show. Never give children fireworks or sparklers.
- Read and carefully follow directions and warning labels. Most injuries result from improper use.
- Keep spectators at least 20 feet away and not down-wind from where the fireworks will be set off.
- Light fireworks only on a smooth, flat surface away from all flammable materials, including dry leaves.
- Never try to relight fireworks that don't function and keep a bucket of water nearby in case of fire.