Preventing Fireworks Fires For The New Years
Here are some general tips to prevent injury or fire damage during the New Year fireworks fun.
- Fireworks most likely to cause fires are not large displays that go high in the air but the smaller items that go up less than ten feet. Larger cake style displays go high enough in the air for any sparks to extinguish long before they could hit the ground but smaller items geared towards kids that spin and shoot sparks close to the ground need to be handled with caution.
- The best place to stage your show is away from tall, dry grasses or trees on a level, cement surface. If you have to light your display on grass or gravel we recommend using a piece of plywood to create a level surface.
- Wet the ground in and around the area where you will be setting off your display and always have a fire extinguisher or hose and adequate water supply on hand.
- NEVER take fireworks to national forests or park areas! Even in wet years, fireworks are never legal or appropriate in these areas.
- NEVER put spent fireworks or “duds” in a fire. Soak spent fireworks with water and dispose of them only when completely cooled.
- Don’t attempt to pick up or relight “duds”. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak in a bucket of water before disposal. Buying from a reputable distributor will minimize your chance of purchasing “duds”.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a designated sober shooter. There is no substitute for good judgment.