Many families use fireworks as a way to celebrate holidays.
Unfortunately, if you do not practice fireworks safety this holiday
season, your holiday may not be filled with much fun at all. Do not let
this holiday season leave you homeless from a fire because you and your
family did not practice fire safety. Here are a few safety tips to keep
you and your family from being a fire statistic this holiday season:
- Have a responsible adult present when shooting fireworks.
- Buy only from reliable vendors.
- Only use fireworks outdoors.
- Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes
and then soak it in a bucket of water).
- Never give fireworks to small children. Fireworks are not toys!
You would not hand a matchbook or a lighter to a child to wave
around or play with, so why would you give a child a sparkler to
- Teach older children how to use fire responsibly.
- If you must keep fireworks, store them in a cool, dry place.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then
disposing of them in your trashcan.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any
part of the body over the firework.
- Always read and follow label directions.
- The best fireworks shows are the professional ones; check your
local listing for upcoming shows. Most are free to the public.
- Stay away from illegal explosives.
Violators face misdemeanor charges
punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00 and/or imprisonment not to
exceed six months.
Children under 16 years of age may not
purchase fireworks of any kind in North Carolina