Lighting some fireworks in the backyard to celebrate the end of school, 4th of July, or summer birthdays are a great way to provide some needed entertainment. However, safety should always come first. If you plan on setting off some fireworks soon, follow these fireworks safety tips to keep you and your family safe.

1. Keep Pets Inside

Let’s be real – most pets hate fireworks. They’re loud, bright, and unpredictable, all of which can be scary to an innocent dog or cat. Rather than give your pet a heart attack, always keep them inside when the show begins. Even if they’re the most calm dog you’ve ever known, fireworks might make them react in an unexpected way. They could run off to try and escape, or worse, they might try to attack the fireworks. Play it safe and just take them out of the equation.

2. Have Water or a Fire Extinguisher Nearby

Even professionals can have accidents when lighting off fireworks. If the firework sparks or explodes on the ground, it could start a big fire. Even worse is if it hits a nearby building or car. This is why you should always have some means of putting out a fire at the ready. Fill several buckets of water or have your fire extinguisher on standby just in case things get out of hand.

3. Watch Your Kids

This should be obvious, but keep an eye on your kids once the show starts. Children are naturally curious and might try to go to the launch area to see what’s happening. They might unwittingly step too close to a lit rocket and get seriously injured. To appease their natural curiosity, give them some kid friendly fireworks. This will keep them occupied while keeping them out of harm’s way.

4. Leave the Alcohol Alone

Again, this is another common sense tip, but never try to light fireworks if you’ve been drinking. You’re blasting a rocket off into the sky, so you need a clear head to minimize the chance of an accident. If you drunkenly knock the rocket over or stand too close when it’s about to go off, you could seriously injure yourself or others. Save the drinks for when the show is over.

5. Read the Instructions

Don’t just assume that all fireworks work the same. Some will need specific setups to function properly. Check all packaging to make sure you’re setting things up right.

6. Dispose of Spent Fireworks Properly

Never try to relight a firework that didn’t take. It was a dud and can’t be reused. Here’s how to dispose of used fireworks:

  • Soak them in a bucket of water to ensure they’re fully wet
  • Place them in a metal trash can until the next day in case of any sparks

Of course, these are just a few of the biggest fireworks safety tips to follow. Many of the others are common sense, and be smart with your displays this summer. Ready to stock up for your show? Check out our catalog of fireworks today.

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