By Ed Kipp, New Windsor Branch Manager
Watching fireworks on the 4th of July is truly an American tradition - it's just not a party without them! On the other hand, fireworks can be dangerous if you if you do not exercise extreme caution while using them. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
If you plan to celebrate with sparklers or fireworks at home this year, consider these safety tips first:
- Learn what's legal - know where your County/State stands on the purchase and use of fireworks*
- Always have an adult supervise
- Give young children glow sticks instead of sparklers. Did you know? Sparklers can burn at temperatures around 1,200 degrees farenheight!
- Read and follow all safety instructions and manufacturers’ warnings
- Only light one firework at a time, and always outside in an open area, away from dry grass, leaves or brush
- Do not light fireworks pointed at or near others
- Never try and make your own fireworks
- Always keep a bucket of water handy for emergencies
- Do not try and re-light or pick up a “dud” firework (one that did not go off the first time). Let it sit for 20 minutes and then soak it in water
- Thoroughly soak all firework debris in water before throwing it away
Always remember, fireworks are especially fun for children, but you should remain cautious when allowing them around sparklers or adults setting off fireworks.
*New York State recently began allowing the use of sparkling devices in some areas. Click here to learn more.