Be Safe While Watching Fireworks

Whether you are attending a fireworks event in your home city or while on vacation, it is important to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the organizers of the event.

Firework safety is of the utmost concern to organizers and depending upon where they set up the pyrotechnics for this event, a city may cordon off certain areas from the public.

For example, at the Macy’s Fireworks event in New York City, while there are many areas where the general public can view the fireworks, there are specific streets and walkways that will be closed.

A notice would be posted stating that the FDR Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic for a certain period of time. This regulation allows for pedestrians to access specific areas set aside for viewing and prevents traffic build-up. In addition, this allows the clean-up crew to do their jobs effectively after the event has finished.

It is highly recommended that you attend a professional fireworks event. The reason for this is that it is much safer as long as you are standing more than 500 feet away from the action. Moreover, you will have several vantage points with which to view the spectacular show.

Conversely, if your neighborhood is having a 4th of July Block Party and a fireworks display is planned for the evening, there are safety mechanisms that need to be put in place. If an adult or specialist is hired to set off the fireworks, he should:

  1. Ensure there is enough distance between him and the spectators.
  2. Ensure that the wind direction does not allow for debris to blow towards the spectators.
  3. Ensure that the fireworks are set securely and fire straight up.

These are necessary for the safety of the children who most likely will be in front row center during this time.

It is important to discuss firework safety with your kids and teens. This includes warnings about being too close to the fireworks when they go off, the proper handling of fireworks and sparklers, avoiding touching a firework that may appear to be a dud, not pointing fireworks at anyone, and never lighting more than one at a time.

Fourth of July is a day everyone looks forward to. Anyone can celebrate this day in a safe and fun-filled environment by adhering to the rules set forth by fireworks organizers as well as state and local authorities.


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