Some community fireworks shows might still be on hold this summer as public health recommendations evolve.
If you plan to use your own fireworks, check first if it is legal in your area, and remember these safety pointers from the American Red Cross and National Safety Council.
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
- Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
- Keep a supply of water such as a garden hose or bucket of water close by as a precaution.
- Make sure the person lighting fireworks wears eye protection.
- Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a “dud.”
- Never use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Don’t light fireworks indoors.
- Don’t try to relight or handle defective fireworks.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.