Fireworks can be a source of enjoyment but can also pose risks if not handled carefully. Here are some general fireworks safety tips from Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department that can help ensure a safe holiday:

  1. Attend public fireworks displays: Enjoying fireworks at public shows conducted by professionals is often the safest option, as they have proper permits and safety measures in place.
  2. Follow local laws and regulations: Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations regarding fireworks usage. Ensure you only use legal fireworks and follow any restrictions imposed in your area.
  3. Choose a safe location: Find a clear, open area away from buildings, dry grass, and other flammable materials. Ensure there is ample space for the fireworks to launch and fall safely.
  4. Read and follow instructions: Carefully read and follow the instructions provided with the fireworks. Pay attention to any specific safety guidelines and recommendations.
  5. Adult supervision: Children should never handle fireworks. Always have responsible adults present to handle and ignite fireworks.
  6. Use fireworks outdoors only: Fireworks should only be used in open outdoor spaces. Never attempt to light fireworks indoors or in confined areas.
  7. Keep water nearby: Have a bucket of water, a hose, or a fire extinguisher readily available to extinguish any potential fires.
  8. Protect yourself: Wear protective eyewear and clothing to shield yourself from sparks and debris. Consider using ear protection as well, as fireworks can be loud.
  9. Light one at a time: Only ignite one firework at a time and maintain a safe distance. Move away quickly after lighting it.
  10. Dispose of fireworks properly: After the fireworks have completely burned out, soak them in water before disposing of them in a designated trash container.

Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, so it’s crucial to prioritize safety at all times. Celebrate and stay safe!