Incorporating fireworks in any celebration is a sure way to add excitement and grandeur. Colorful explosions in a night sky- what’s not to love, right? But like most things big and beautiful, fireworks also need a healthy amount of respect. When working with anything that involves gunpowder, fire and other explosives it’s always a good idea to proceed with caution.

Fireworks are used year-round throughout the globe, but not without recorded injuries. Yes, if used improperly, fireworks are dangerous. If they are respected and handled with care, there’s no reason to be afraid. The chemical compounds and gunpowder used in today’s fireworks aren’t what they used to be centuries ago. The ingredients are now much safer for both people and the environment.

While lighting or going near fireworks, there are a couple of factors that you should keep in mind in order to avoid accidents and enjoy the occasion safely. Always be aware of your surroundings. Whenever you or a friend of yours is lighting a firecracker, do not get too close. If an ignited firework tips over, you might want to look for a car or tree to hide behind. Moreover, fireworks are not something you should “customize”. Use and ignite them the way they’re intended.

Also, make sure you keep the unused crackers a large distance from the ones you ignite. A stray flame or ember landing in your box of waiting fireworks could certainly put a damper on your evening. It may be one heck of a display, but it also has the potential to be very dangerous. Keep a close eye on children and make sure they are at a safe distance.

While fun and entertaining, you should always take necessary precautions when handling fireworks. If you play with them the way they are intended, they are completely safe. For more safety guidelines, click here and you can always ask our staff if you have any questions about best practices.