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    Fireworks Safety

    If your state allows the use of consumer fireworks, remember that legal consumer fireworks can cause injury if they’re not used properly. Follow these rules to celebrate safely:

    • Always have a source of water on hand.  Captain Boom recommends you have one or more of the following:  Buckets of water, a charged garden hose that will reach your display, a water fire extinguisher, even a pressurized garden sprayer can work well for minor sparks.
    • Always have an adult present and never give fireworks to young children, even sparklers.
    • Remember that alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
    • Purchase legal consumer fireworks from a licensed store, stand, or tent.
    • Read and follow the directions on the labels.
    • Use fireworks outdoors away from buildings on a flat and level surface that is free from debris and flammable materials.
    • Make sure your fireworks are stable, and can't tip over when operating.
    • Keep spectators at a safe distance.
    • Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks.
    • Light only one firework device at a time.
    • Do not pick-up or re-ignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time.
    • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device.
    • Never throw fireworks at another person.
    • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them from a metal or glass container.
    • Allow finished fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes and submerge in water for at least 2 minutes. Drain and place in a plastic bag and dispose outside in a covered trash can.  Make sure your trash can containing spent fireworks is NOT next to a building.