Firework Safety

Summer is upon us all.

Chances are you’ve already driven past some of those vibrantly colored fireworks sales shops across the borders, on one of your cross-country trips. Kids go nuts for those. Don’t hesitate to stop; fireworks can be lots of fun, if used correctly. Sadly, every summer that comes some fuse lighters put themselves into harm’s way. Unaware of the might some modern munitions can pack. Here is an entertaining way to teach your safety techniques to posterity, along the way having fun with bursts-crackles-pops-bangs-whips-explosions-plumes.

It’s important to keep your purchase dry, until you use them for your occasion. Leave the bags they come in open; avoiding moisture accumulation. Store them safely, perhaps up high somewhere on a shelf or on top of your standing closet. Out of reach of children.

Read the notice on the packaging. Please. Usually they are all misspelled by chinese laborers in sweatshops abroad. Nonetheless, make sure that you are sufficiently comfortable with your merchandise. Especially when you’ve bought something extravagantly new; look twice- light once. Discard anything that looks suspect, like at the grocery. Place them securely on flat ground; avoiding (if you may) leaves, sticks, wood underneath the burn-surface.

For medium size rockets and flying projectiles, use a heavy bottle- maybe champagne- and block it from falling with anything you can find; stones, bricks and so forth. Shoot them straight, try not to angle too much. Many fires have started this way. In fact, rockets have a trajectory and usually tend to bend their trail in mid air. Few, apparently ask the lighter to nail them to trees; you may just as well lay them on the ground as well- the visual effects will be the same!

Have fun!

Light them together with youngsters. Use a regular cigarette lighter, not: Zippo, kitchen lighter, matches or burning torches. Don’t hold firecrackers in your hands. Incendiary devices can get very hot on bursting (much hotter than a cup of coffee, assuredly); throw them when lit well and sizzling: usually they withstand the impact of falling on softer surfaces. When the lit fuse fails, but doesn’t burst the work, leave it be. Burry them if there is sand around. Or; toss them in the trash after moistening them under the faucet. Failed fireworks do happen, so make sure you stock up on them sufficiently. In case, you return home- across state lines- and happen upon a batch that don’t ignite.

Be creative; but do not let your creativity get the best of you. Keep some liquid nearby- just in case- if you like. Make it look like a cooler, or something of the sort. Tell people you are lighting. Stay clear.

Enjoy fireworks with everyone!