How Can I Protect Myself During Fourth of July Fireworks in New Jersey?

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As the Fourth of July is around the corner, many people are preparing to celebrate with loved ones as usual. This tends to include barbecues, pool parties, and the traditional fireworks. When celebrating with fireworks, it is important to remember that, while they are fun, they can also be very dangerous. If they are mishandled, it can cause serious injuries to bystanders. If you are hosting this year’s Fourth of July firework celebration, continue reading to learn about how you can do so safely. 

What are Tips for Safe Preparation?

People are often excited and want to set off their fireworks as soon as possible after purchasing them. However, it is important to be patient and follow the right safety precautions in doing so. This can help to avoid any harm from being caused. Safety tips to keep in mind for firework preparation can include:

  • Do not buy fireworks that come in brown paper. They are for professionals and should not be used in small neighborhoods.
  • Make sure adults are present and children never access fireworks alone
  • Keep water nearby, such as a hose, in the event that a fire starts
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never light fireworks in a glass or metal container
  • Be sure that fireworks are legal in your area before buying them
  • Keep your pets inside so they do not become scared or hurt

What do I Need to Know About Lighting Fireworks?

Once the fireworks are safely set up, they can be ignited. However, there are additional safety measures to keep in mind to be sure they are being set off properly. This can include the following:

  • Wear eye protection at all times
  • Only light one firework at a time
  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • Never light fireworks in your hand
  • Be sure all spectators are at a safe distance away from the display
  • Quickly back a safe distance away after lighting the display
  • Do not throw or point fireworks at another person
  • Never pick up and relight a firework if it did not properly combust
  • After a firework goes off, wait 20 minutes then douse it with cool water
  • Never consume drugs or alcohol while lighting fireworks

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