Helpful Tips for Staying Safe: Fireworks - Millers Mutual Insurance Skip to main content

Helpful Tips for Staying Safe: Fireworks

By June 27, 2018 Millers News

By: Sharrod Parker, Risk Control Leader

If you are planning a fireworks celebration for your residents or you allow fireworks to be discharged on site, please review these safety tips. Following these safety tips helps ensure your communities and resident’s safety:

  • Obey any rules and regulations outlined in your lease agreement regarding fireworks.
  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

Be mindful of your pets and other tenants who may have pets!

  • Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display.
  • If fireworks are being used near your residence, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  • Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
  • Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.