Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- 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 fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Grilling Fire Safety Tips:
- Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill and campfire.
- Only use your grill outside.
- Keep your grill away from siding and deck rails.
- Build campfires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs or other materials that can burn.
- Open your gas grill before lighting.
- Never leave your grill, fire pit or patio torches unattended.
- Clean your grill after each use.
- Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.
First Aid for Burns:
- Place the burn in cool water for three to five minutes.
- Cover the burn with a clean, dry cloth.
- See your doctor if the burn is larger than your palm.