I love fireworks, as a matter of fact, I enjoy making smaller fireworks (following all the applicable laws and safety procedures).
However, as a child I saw my father almost loose a hand to some ill advised gunpowder usage – it stuck with me and while I am rather fast and loose with some safety protocols, I do try to ensure that my firework fun follows the Fireworks Safety rules I will share below:
- Know and obey the law. (Consumer fireworks are illegal in one out of five states.)
- Read the label! There will be warnings and instructions; follow them!
- If you buy your fireworks more than a few hours before you plan to use them, make sure they’re stored in cool, dry conditions.
- Wear eye protection. There is some danger even if everything goes perfectly!
- Light fireworks only on a smooth, flat surface well away from any structure. Make sure, also, that there is nothing flammable (like dry leaves) nearby.
- Do not let children light, or even handle, fireworks.
- Never throw fireworks of any kind at any living thing.
- If you get a dud, never try to re-light it. In fact, play it safe – drown the dud in water. Fuses thought to be out have somehow re-ignited.
- Keep a supply of water on hand; better a bucket than a hose.
- Don’t experiment. Tinkering, disassembling, or covering fireworks with something like a tin can is begging for trouble. Let the professionals build them, and blow them up the way the professionals intended!