For many Americans, the start of summer means the start of fireworks season. Although Kentucky does not have a statewide ban on fireworks, many municipalities have passed city-specific firework laws.
This firework season, we want to make sure you’re using them as safely as possible. That way you and your family can have fun all summer long! Here are some great firework safety tips for your next firework show.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when you are lighting the fuse.
- Do not handle fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Never light fireworks indoors.
- Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting a firework.
- Only light one firework at a time.
- Do not try to reignite or pick up a firework that has failed to go off.
- Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby to fully extinguish fireworks and prevent fires.
- Never hold a lit firework in your hand.
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
- Older children should only use them under close adult supervision- this includes sparklers, snakes, etc.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket.
- Do not shoot them off in a metal or glass container.
- Point all fireworks away from other people, homes, structures, vehicles, etc
Of course, the number one safety tip we can give you is to make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Whether or not fireworks are legal in your area, going to professional displays are a great summer activity for you and your family. Bring a lawn chair, some snacks, and sit back and relax!