View Royal Fire Department would like to share some fireworks safety tips from purchasing and setting up, to the fireworks show and proper disposal.
- – Follow the laws and regulations regarding the use of fireworks.
- – Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source that sells products meeting safety standards.
- -Stay away from illegal explosives or firecrackers and do not improvise and make your own fireworks.
- – Read the Instructions, this is worth repeating: read the instructions, cautions and warnings on each firework item.
- – Store unused fireworks in a closed box away from the firework being lit and do not smoke around the fireworks.
- – Set up outdoors in a clear, open space. Light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface to insure stability.
- – Check the wind and have the wind blowing away from the spectators.
- – Spectators should be at least the safety distance written on the fireworks label away from the display, keeping special supervision on children.
- – Have a bucket of sand, supply of water and a working fire extinguisher on hand.
- – Only adults (18 years or over) should handle the fireworks. If you are impaired (alcohol or drugs) do not handle the fireworks.
- – Light only one firework item at a time.
- – Wear protective eye glasses and gloves. Light at arm’s length and then stand back.
- – Never lean over the fireworks and keep hair and clothes away from fire sources.
- – Never attempt to re-light a “dud” or defective firework.
- – Never hold a lighted firework item in your hand.
- – Sparklers should be immersed in a bucket of sand to cool down after burning out, as they remain very hot for some time.
- – Fireworks should be disposed of safely and properly.