Firework Safety Tips
Monday, 30 December 2019
We’re almost at the end of 2019! With New Years celebrations upon us, you may choose to celebrate with some fireworks. Fireworks are an awesome way to celebrate and bring in 2020 but firework-related injuries and deaths do happen. Take a look at our top 10 firework safety tips when it comes to using fireworks this New Years.
1. Firework Safety Tips - Wear Safety Glasses and Earplugs
Nearly 40% of fireworks injuries occur to the head. Protect your eyes and ears with appropriate eyewear and earplugs to avoid permanent damage.
2. Dress Appropriately
Wear snugly fitting long sleeves and pants. This will prevent loose fabric being caught alight and will protect your skin in the event of sparks.
3. Use only Legal Fireworks
Only purchase your fireworks from a reliable source. Class C rating fireworks are best since they are intended for use of general public. Some illegal fireworks are named M-80s, M-100s, or quarter sticks.
4. Store Them out of Reach of Children
Keep them in cool and dry places as hot and damp air can damage them. Store them in a place that is not easily accessible to children and be sure to educate them on the dangers of fireworks.
5. Don't Carry Them in your Pockets or Wrapped in Plastic.
Did you know that a static electric charge can light up a firework causing injury or death. Keep them out of your pockets.
6. Have a Water Source Nearby.
One of our top firework safety tips is to make sure you have a water source easily accessible. This could be a bucket of water or a hose. To be extra cautious, keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
7. Keep Children at a Safe Distance
Fireworks are often very exciting to children but over 50% of injuries from fireworks occur to children under 15 years of age. Keep your children safe and let them know that fireworks are fun but can be dangerous.
8. Firework Safety Tips - Stay Sober
If you are drinking this New Years, it may be best to avoid fireworks. Stay sober if you are the one in charge of lighting the fireworks. Being under the influence will affect your ability to react, and impact your judgement.
9. Watch your Pets
Ruffles and Mittens might make a run towards the fancy lights. Sure most will hide, but to be safe, leave your pets at home. If you are leaving them alone for the evening, shut the blinds and leave the TV or music on for them to drown out the sound.
10. Check with Province and City Laws
Do you know whether you are permitted to light fireworks in your area? In some provinces and cities, it may be illegal to use certain fireworks. Check with your local by-laws to make sure you know what you are permitted to use in your area.
Billyard Insurance Group Cambridge wish you safe and enjoyable New Years celebrations! We look forward to serving all of our clients again in 2020.
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