It’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.
Your BBB wishes everyone a happy Fourth of July!