It's almost 2012! If you're like us, you'll probably spend New Year's Eve with friends and family, perhaps barbecuing and enjoying fireworks with your neighbors. While we love fireworks as much as everyone else, it's important to keep a clear head and remember to be safe around fireworks. The last thing you want to experience on the first day of the new year is a house fire, right?
Here are some home firework safety tips to keep your New Year's Eve celebration safer:
- Don't try to get creative; follow the directions!
- Make sure fireworks are allowed in your area to begin with. Breaking the law for a few minutes of excitement isn't worth the fines you'd incur.
- Keep children away from fireworks, and never let them light or handle fireworks.
- Your drunk uncle may be amusing to watch, but keep him (and any other intoxicated spectators) away from the fireworks!
- If one of your fireworks doesn't work, never try re-lighting a second (or third) time. The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends you wait 20 minutes before soaking the "dud" firework in water.
- Keep a bucket of water and / or a hose nearby in case of emergencies.
- Never light fireworks indoors. If you do, you're just asking for a house fire.
- Don't shoot fireworks out of metal or glass containers.
- Never attempt to make your own fireworks; only use fireworks from reputable vendors.
- Don't light your fireworks until you're a safe distance away from your home, trees, or any other structures that could ignite.
- Wear glasses or goggles to protect your eyes, if you're the "shooter."
- After the fun is over, soak your fireworks in cold water before disposing of them.