Blu Fireworks reminds you to celebrate safely and responsibly this 4th of July. Celebrating with fireworks is an American tradition that harkens back to the days of our founding fathers. Fireworks are a great source of family entertainment when used safely. Blu Fireworks recommends that you follow the following safety tips so that you enjoy your fireworks display this holiday:
OBEY ALL LAWS
Please obey your local and state laws regarding the sale and use of state approved fireworks. Contact local fire and police officials regarding ordinances pertaining to the purchase and use of fireworks in your area.
USE COMMON SENSE
Common sense is important when using fireworks. Read all warning labels and follow directions on each firework device and understand the product performance of each item.
Children should not handle, play with, or light fireworks. Adults should handle and light all fireworks to insure their proper use.
JUST SAY NO
Do not consume alcoholic beverages while lighting fireworks. If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you increase the possibility of misuse and injury to yourself and others near you.
HARD, FLAT, & LEVEL
To insure stability of the firework, always light on a hard, flat, and level surface to prevent an item from tipping over. If lighting on grass, use a flat wooden board as a shooting surface.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Use fireworks outdoors in a clear, open area away from buildings and vehicles. Avoid dry grass and brush that could catch fire or near any flammable items. Spectators, especially children, should remain a safe distance away from the shooting area, generally 25-40 feet for fountains and ground based items and 75-100 yards for aerial product. If windy conditions exist, fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from the audience.
Never put your head or any part of your body over a firework. Never look into a tube to inspect a firework. Never hold a lit firework in your hand.
The fireworks shooter should wear eye protection. Fireworks should be lit with punk or an extended butane lighting device in order to keep the maximum distance from a firework. Fireworks should be lit only one at a time. Don't attempt to re-light a "dud." If a firework fails to ignite, let stand for at least 5 minutes, then immerse in water.
WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE
Make sure that you keep a bucket of water, a water hose, and/or a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies.
HANDLE WITH CARE
Fireworks should not be carried in your pocket. Don't aim or throw fireworks at another person. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
MAN'S BEST FRIEND
Pets and farm animals may be frightened by the noise and lights of fireworks. You may want to keep pets inside or animals moved away during your fireworks show.
Fireworks should be bought only from reliable and licensed dealers. Licensed and reliable dealers only carry products that meet standards set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Do not use illegal explosives, alter any firework devices, or attempt to make your own fireworks.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety,
a special website promoting responsible and safe fireworks fun.