Enjoy holiday fireworks, but do it safely
By TIMES STAFF
Published July 1, 2007
Everyone wants to have a blast on the Fourth but the American Pyrotechnics Association also want to remind everyone that fireworks are serious business. Here are a few facts, viewing tips and safety precautions to assure a happy and safe holiday.
How can we best enjoy a display?
- Don't get too close. Sitting at least 500 feet from the fireworks provides the best view of the show.
- Watch for the quality and brightness of the colors. There should be no lag time in a professional show. There should always be something going on for you to enjoy.
- Resist the temptation to keep any leftover material you may find after a show.
Fireworks safety tips
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Use outdoors only.
- Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- Always wear eye protection.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Be careful around animals; the noise often frightens them.
- Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface.
- Never relight a "dud" firework.
- Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing in a trash can.
- Avoid illegal explosives.
Safety information from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Council on Fireworks Safety.
[Last modified June 30, 2007, 23:35:02]
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