Northwest Arkansas, It’s that time of year when burgers are on the grill, neighbors are in the yard, and the kids get ready for the all important 4th of July pastime, fireworks. I figured it was about time to brush up on fireworks safety. You never can be too careful, especially with little ones running around. So kick back, put the grill on low, and read something that might help you keep your fingers and your eyebrows (or an eye). Enjoy these fireworks safety tips for the 4th of July…

Most of the tips below are according to the National Council on Fireworks Safety. Remember that kids really shouldn’t play with or shoot fireworks. If you give a kid a sparkler, know that they burn at 1800 degrees, hot enough to melt gold.  Keep sparklers away from the face, clothing, and hair.  Some of the best products to let children feel involved are “snappers” which are affordable and save.

  • Make sure to buy only legal fireworks – those are the ones with the manufacturers label on them.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.  The process is dangerous and may blow up in your face (literally).
  • Stay away from others lighting or using fireworks – some types, bottlerockets, chasers, etc., can backfire or go the opposite direction.
  • Light one firework at a time.  Never try to relight a dud.
  • Point fireworks away from homes.   If possible set them off in a mown field away from homes, trees, brush, or other flammable substances.  It is estimated that some 60,000 responses are made each year to firework related fires.  Soak fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them away.
  • Never hold fireworks or firecrackers in your hand.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at someone.
  • Lastly, always pick up the fireworks you shoot.  A neighborhood has a tough enough time keeping itself clean without all the mess fireworks make.

Here is a good video on Fireworks safety…