There's no holiday like the 4th. For fun-ness, this day flat-out rules. When it comes to celebrating it safely though, we'd like to remind Iowans there's a right way to use fireworks, and a wrong way. To keep it safe and fun, we'd like to share some helpful "rules" to help make sure your 4th rules. Check them out.
Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. We're talking devastating burns, eye injuries, loss of fingers and hands - even death. So, follow these simple rules and keep it safe and fun for everyone:
Always have an adult in charge of lighting fireworks.
Never give fireworks to small children. Even sparklers can burn people.
The person lighting the fireworks should not be drinking alcohol.
Always read the directions on a firework's label.
Set up your fireworks on a steady, flat surface.
Make sure there are no flammable materials near the "launch site."
Spectators should be 20 feet away from a fountain-style display, and 40 feet away from an aerial fireworks display.
Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy.
Light only one firework at a time.
Don't try to relight "dud" fireworks.
Never throw or point a firework at a person.
Do not shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers.
Properly dispose of used fireworks by dousing them in water. Let them sit for 10 or 15 minutes to make sure flames are out.
Is it time to start loading up on fireworks? Not so fast. There are dangerous and illegal fireworks out there. The kind that can turn a fun night into a nightmare. We put together the rules below to give you the scoop on how to buy smart, be safe-and make your 4th rule.
Only buy legal consumer fireworks from a licensed store, stand or tent. They typically have brightly colored labels with the manufacturer's name, directions and warnings.
It is often a sign that a firework is not for consumer use if it is packaged in brown paper. Only purchase a device that is labeled as a consumer firework labeled with "UN0336" or "UN0337."
M-80s, M-100s, blockbusters, and quarterpounders aren't fireworks - they're illegal, federally-banned explosives that are dangerous.
Display fireworks are meant to be used in commercial shows, under the supervision of a trained pyrotechnician. They exceed the limits of explosive materials for consumers like you.