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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.