BBB Offers Tips on Firework Safety

fireworks 150x150 BBB Offers Tips on Firework SafetyIt’s almost the fourth of July, which means picnics, patriotism, and fireworks.  Fireworks can be fun and beautiful; however fireworks can also be dangerous and illegal.  Your BBB offers the following tips to ensure firework safety this Fourth of July.

  • Know your state laws and regulations.  In the state of Pennsylvania, it is illegal to set off display fireworks without a permit.  (The only legal fireworks in PA are those that don’t explode loudly, or don’t leave the ground, such as sparklers.)  If looking for a permit for a fireworks display, contact your local municipality.
  • Always have an adult present when using fireworks and don’t allow small children to light them.  Sparklers burn at 2,000 degree temperatures and can cause burns to the skin.
  • Always keep a garden hose or bucket of water on hand in case of a fire.
  • Don’t ever shoot a firework at another person or try to light a firework inside a container.
  • Don’t ever pick up a firework that has not gone off or try to re-light it.  Simply pour some water over it and light a different firework.
  • After fireworks are done burning, pour water over them to prevent any sort of fire.
  • Always light fireworks one at a time and immediately move to a safe distance after they are lit.

For more information regarding firework regulations and safety, visit the National Council on Firework Safety or the FAQ from the PA State Police.

Your BBB wishes everyone a happy Fourth of July!

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