8 Bang-up Fireworks Safety Tips

8 Bang-up Fireworks Safety Tips


America Prepares to Celebrate Her Independence.

America is about to celebrate its 234th birthday, a nation that proudly acknowledges its transformation from colonial backwater to world superpower. Built on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the American nation throws a huge party every year with towns and cities across our great land hosting parades, music festivals and firework displays.

This year the holiday falls on a Sunday which means that celebrations will start on Saturday and run through Monday, a legal holiday. The long weekend will give people many more opportunities to take-in what the holiday is all about, an extended birthday celebration for 2010.

Personal Fireworks

A number of states permit citizens to purchase and set-off fireworks while others strictly forbid the practice. Though enjoyable to watch, home fireworks present a danger to those who light them and watch them. With that in mind, Zambelli–the first family in fireworks–has shared safety tips from the American Pyrotechnic Association to help keep everyone safe:

  1. Always read label directions.
  2. Always have an adult present and never give fireworks to small children.
  3. Only ignite fireworks outdoors.
  4. Have water nearby.
  5. Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.
  6. Light only one at a time, and never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
  7. Never throw or set off fireworks toward another person.
  8. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place and when you’re done, dispose of them properly.

Public Display

Zambelli also encourages people who attend public displays to stay within safety zones. Those zones have been established to ensure an extra level of protection for spectators in the event that the unthinkable happens.

The history of Zambelli fireworks got started in 1893 when Antonio Zambelli arrived in America from Italy, bringing with him a family tradition of building and displaying fireworks. From that auspicious start and through the work of his late son, George Zambelli Sr., the enterprise has grown to include what are arguably some of the most creative and innovative pyrotechnics in the world.

So, whether you plan to take in a public display or shoot off your own, keep in mind that these explosive displays while beautiful are still dangerous with “precaution” being the operative word for your celebration.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".