At Mister Sparky, we can appreciate all kinds of sparky (or sparkly) things -- even a fireworks display on Independence Day! Taking in a professional public display is always a great way to ensure a memorable evening, but having your own small-scale display can be just as fun. Just remember, as with your household electrical system, safety comes first!
If you’re planning on putting on your own display this year, be sure to abide by these safety precautions:
- Know your local laws. Fireworks laws vary by state, county and city government, and some areas ban most or all fireworks. The American Pyrotechnics Association maintains a directory of state fireworks laws.
- Buy from a licensed fireworks vendor. A knowledgeable salesperson should be able to explain what you should expect from different types of fireworks. All fireworks should have clear, detailed labels explaining use and safety. Do not use fireworks wrapped in plain brown paper -- this indicates professional-grade fireworks.
- Carefully read and follow the instructions on every firework.
- Choose a spot far from homes, vehicles, trees and other structures. Ideally, select an area within reach of a garden hose. If you don’t have access to a water source, bring several buckets of water to drown fireworks if needed.
- Light one firework at a time. After the fuse is lit, get away immediately.
- Never experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Keep a first aid kit nearby. Even sparklers can cause serious burns.
- Adults only. Children can watch from a safe distance with parental supervision, but only adults should light fireworks.
- Consider your pets. Many pets are frightened by fireworks and might attempt to run away from a display. It’s best to keep pets secured comfortably indoors.
- Alcohol, drugs and any other substances that can impair judgment or motor skills do not mix with fireworks.
- This is especially important for anyone who is lighting fireworks, but protective eyewear is a smart choice for everyone in the vicinity.
- Don’t re-light dud fireworks. Spray them with a hose from a safe distance, then completely soak them in water before disposing of them.
- Never point fireworks at anyone. They are not weapons or toys.
Mister Sparky wishes you and your family a safe and happy Independence Day!