The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the following tips when using fireworks:
— Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
— Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper, often a sign that they were manufactured for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
— Always have an adult supervise fireworks use.
— Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
— Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
— Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
— Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
— Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
— Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
— Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap.
— After fireworks finish burning, douse them with plenty of water before discarding them to prevent a trash fire.