Fireworks are not toys. They are a very powerful pyrotechnics
explosive and for this reason their sale and purchase are regulated
by the Government. The Government routinely tests fireworks and
approves them for sale and use. Never attempt to make or discharge
your own fireworks.
When using fireworks, simple safety procedures
must be followed. Your municipality may prohibit their use. Before
considering using fireworks, check with your local municipality to
see what if any restrictions there are, particularity when and
where fireworks can be used.
It is important to bury the fireworks that do
not have a base, halfway either in the ground or a container of
earth, unless the label indicates otherwise. It should be set at a
ten degree angle pointed away from people. Choose a wide and clear
site away from any obstacles or overhangs. Often firework labels
will have a minimum safety distance for spectators.
Never try to light a firework or hold it in your
hand unless the instructions indicate that it is to be
handheld. To light the firework, always light the fuse at its tip
and then clear the area. Do not light fireworks in windy
conditions. It is recommended that safety glasses should be worn by
the person lighting the fireworks.
Fireworks should not be used by individuals under 18
years of age unless they are supervised by an adult. All
instructions on the fireworks should be read in advance of their
use. The order of firing should be decided before beginning. Any
fireworks that are unused, or until they are to be used, should be
kept in a cool and dry area out of reach/secured away from
If a firework does not go off, it is recommended that you should
wait 30 minutes before approaching it. You should douse it with
water. Never try to relight a firework that did not go
off. Do not try to fix the firework that did not light as
it should be considered defective and not be reused.
Some fireworks are meant to be held by hand. Children
should never play with fireworks without direct adult
supervision. If they are allowed to use fireworks such as
sprinklers, they should be used outside and kept away from
clothing, hair and the face. Never throw a firework at a person.
Never use any fireworks when there is a fire alert warning in
effect. It is estimated that fire departments respond to more than
50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year.
After the fireworks display, the area should be checked
for any fireworks that might still be simmering. Some
might not have gone off completely and may still be active and
explode at any time. All debris and old fireworks should be soaked
in water after use and before being thrown into a trash bin.
Think about your pets when using fireworks.
They are very sensitive to the noise. They can become afraid, and
distressed. They should be kept indoors and away from the fireworks
in order to reduce the risk of their running into the fireworks, or
being hit by falling debris.
Should anyone be injured by fireworks,
immediately call a doctor or go to the nearest hospital. Eye
injuries are unfortunately frequent. If this occurs, you should not
touch or rub the eye as it may cause more damage. Do not flush it
out with water or ointment. Instead, cut off the bottom of a paper
cup and place it around and over the eye and
immediately seek medical attention. If you are
burnt, remove the clothing from the burned area and run cool water
over it. Do not use ice.
Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, but an accident
will take the fun out of it. Fireworks are much more enjoyable when
everyone knows that they are being used safely. By taking
precautions, your holiday will be safe and memorable.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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