Use caution with fireworks

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 1, 2006

This weekend and during the next couple of days, a lot of folks are going to be lighting up – fireworks, that is.

While statistically there are a small number of injuries related to fireworks, it’s always better to err on the side of caution.

To help you celebrate safely this Fourth of July, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Council on Fireworks Safety offer the following safety tips:

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Always read and follow label directions.

Have an adult present.

Buy from reliable sellers.

Use outdoors only.

Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).

Never experiment or make your own fireworks.

Light only one firework at a time.

Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).

Never give fireworks to small children.

If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.

Never throw or point fireworks at other people.

Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.

Stay away from illegal explosives.

Use common sense and caution, and enjoy a safe holiday weekend and a safe Fourth of July.