It is not just the Fourth of July when people drag out their fireworks and start launching them into the air. New Years Eve is another time for celebrations. There are of course huge public displays planned for places like the Space Needle in Seattle.
My concern is for the safety of the backyard enthusiast who has had a few beers and then goes out on the deck or elsewhere to torch off what is left over from July. We don't need to start out 2013 with a trip to the emergency room. See the tips below from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.
- Know your fireworks; Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
- Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
- Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
- Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
- Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
- Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
- Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks and use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.