Celebrate Independence Day Accident Free!

When Americans prepare for Fourth of July festivities, along with barbecues and pool parties, fireworks usually come to mind. Some consumers attend a community fireworks display put on by experienced professionals, while others purchase fireworks for their own private show. Though fireworks are beautiful and fun to watch, related accidents continue to occur each and every year.

Your BBB and The National Council on Fireworks Safety are urging consumers to practice firework safety to reduce the possibility of accidents:

  • Always purchase fireworks from reliable, established sellers. Check out a company’s BBB business review at www.bbb.org. Never experiment, combine or make your own fireworks.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them. Report illegal explosives to your local fire or police departments.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors and light one at a time. Keep water handy in case something goes awry. Never re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 15-20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Know your fireworks. Always read the caution label and directions before igniting.
  • Use common sense and keep spectators at a safe distance from the shooter. Anyone shooting the fireworks should wear safety glasses.
  • Carefully supervise teens who are using fireworks and do not allow young children to handle them. Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any kind.

Remember that when it comes to fireworks, safety should always be your number one concern. Visit www.bbb.org for more helpful holiday tips and information.

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About Caitlin Driscoll

I have been the Public Relations Director of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA since November 2011.