Post 453: Firework Safety Recommendations of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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The following recommendations on firework safety are from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Consumers who decide to purchase legal fireworks are urged to take the following safety steps:

πŸ™ 1. Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.

πŸ™ 2. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Parents may not realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees─hot enough to melt some metals.

πŸ™ 3. Always have an adult close by to supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.

πŸ™ 4. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper, which is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.

πŸ™ 5. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

πŸ™ 6. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

πŸ™ 7. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

πŸ™ 8. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

πŸ™ 9. Light fireworks one at a time, then move away from them quickly.

πŸ™ 10. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

πŸ™ 11. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.

ATF encourages the public to report the manufacture or sale of illegal fireworks to your local law enforcement agencies or to the ATF hotline at 1-888-ATF-BOMB (1-888-283-2662).

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Remember to observe local laws with regards legal fireworks and legal times you can shoot them off because you have neighbors, like me, who tolerate them because we have to but are looking for any opportunity to call the police on you for shooting even one “bomb” off after legal hours. Seriously. πŸ™

8 thoughts on “Post 453: Firework Safety Recommendations of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    • Maybe you remember the video of the fellow who stuck a rocket in his butt, lit it, and suffered severe burns and a place on the Internet for people who haven’t a clue. (There are some f-bombs in it, for those who prefer not to listen to the soundtrack, which features drunk guys acting up.)

  1. One that was in the news paper here was not to hold the fire work to close to your butt when you try to fart on it like some people do with lighters to make flame throwers.
    What is scary is what idiot did that to have the news paper bring attention to not doing it.

    • Well, Ruth, I am of the opinion there are people who shouldn’t be allowed around lighters, matches, flints, twigs that can be twirled to create an ember, or any other fire or spark making thing, and butt rocketeers probably, just probably, are the Nr. One people I’d restrict in this way! Woohoo!

    • I hate to be a party poop, but my town allows fireworks for something like 10 days before, the 4th, and the 5th, and they can’t be blown off as late as 10 at night. I can’t imagine what it has to do with the national holiday celebrating a country founded on rule of law that we observe by activities that disturb the peace any other time. Strange!

      [CORRECTION: My town allows fireworks from June 25th through July 4th, making the one day celebration of the birth of our nation a nine — not 10! — day affair. They may be shot off between 9 AM and 10 PM from June 25th through July 2nd, then from 9 AM to midnight on July 3rd and July 4th. If that sounds excessive to you, then you are right. Omaha, for example, bans fireworks, period, except for professional displays on the holiday itself or day closest to it when the holiday lands in the middle of the week.]

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