Fireworks Safety: What You Should Know before You Light that Punk

If you’re going on a Vacation Quest Fourth of July holiday, lucky you! We hope you have a great time! If you’re looking to shoot off a rocket or two, please let us share some safety tips.

First, make sure the fireworks are legal where you are visiting! And, make sure you can light sparklers, firecrackers and other things that go “boom” wherever it is you are in the world.

Once you’re cleared for lighting, follow these Fireworks Safety Tips.

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, including sparklers! Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees—hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Light fireworks one at a time and back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Whether you’re on a Vacation Quest trip or you’re having family fun at home, we hope you celebrate the date of America’s declaration of independence safely!

These tips were provided by USA.gov and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Do you have any tips to share with your fellow travelers? Post some in the comments!

Stacey is a writer with an eye for design. She’s been with Global Connections for 10 years, directing the creative department. Her passion for the written word is equal only to that of rescuing dogs and playing volleyball.