Back when fireworks were mostly illegal, it was easier to convey the message that one could risk personal harm if they used them. Besides, the general advice was to stay away due to state laws that prohibited use of them and resulted in fines and other consequences for possession and sales.
These are Explosives
The most important thing to remember about fireworks is that they are tiny explosives and that means they cause damage. While it may be easy to revel in the temporary beauty that they can activate, you have to notice the heat, the fire, and the big bang that occurs after lighting the fuse.
Anything that is an explosive is capable of sending out a tremendous amount of pressure very quickly in a single location, in all directions. That means if you are holding it, it will not only burn but also tear apart what it is near, meaning you.
Basic Safety Considerations
Firework safety starts with fire safety. You need to learn how to not set yourself on fire and, as you pay attention, you will have to learn how to get out of the way quickly. These considerations should not ease a person but should give one a strong sense of caution.
There is heat and explosion. Both are going to occur. The goal is to do it safely away from you but people still take risks and hold on to the fireworks until the last seconds. Fuses run faster than one would think and the next thing you know is a serious injury.
The most common injuries to occur with the use of fireworks are burns. Burns can range from minor first degree and second degree burns to very serious third degree burns and worse. Clothing can be set on fire, as can the hair and devastating burns can take their toll.
The second type of injury involves the actual explosions that are going to occur. People have lost fingers, toes, and eyes as a result of improper fireworks handling. This type of injury is always very sudden and you have no time to jump back from the possibility once it is started as it will be too late.
Any time that fireworks are used, it is important to follow all instructions carefully. The primary concern is personal safety so one will need to be sure to be extremely cautious with all fuses, to work in an open area, and to never hold fireworks in hand.
When dealing with larger fireworks, it is wise to use fire retardant gloves and maybe even safety goggles. Though it may not look as cool to do your big fireworks show this way, it is going to be a better idea than losing your digits or vision due to a freak accident.
While physical and personal safety is of utmost importance, it is vital to also understand that all fireworks are a serious fire risk. All too often, serious forest fires are caused by firework misuse.
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