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Stay safe at fireworks events: Tips for enjoying the show

Fireworks displays are a highlight of many celebrations, lighting up the sky with dazzling colors and creating magical moments for everyone. But while they are beautiful to watch, it’s important to remember that fireworks can also be dangerous. To help you enjoy these events safely, we’ve put together some essential tips.

Attend professionally-run public fireworks shows

Non-professionals should refrain from handling fireworks. Instead, attend a public fireworks display conducted by professionals—that’s one of the safest ways to enjoy fireworks. These shows are carefully planned and managed to ensure everyone’s safety.

Keep a safe distance

When you’re at a fireworks event, make sure to stay within the designated viewing areas. These areas are set up to keep spectators at a safe distance from the fireworks. Don’t go near the fireworks launch site or into prohibited areas

Follow event rules

Always follow the rules and guidelines provided by the event organizers. These rules are in place to protect you and ensure everyone has a good time. If the event staff ask you to move or stay behind certain barriers, be sure to comply.

Protect your ears

Fireworks can be very loud, which can be harmful to your ears, and especially harmful to the ears of young children. Consider bringing ear protection like earplugs to protect your and your family members’ hearing.

Stay alert and aware

When you arrive at the fireworks show, be sure to scope out where the closest exists are, in case an emergency occurs and you need to leave the event quickly. Throughout the event, keep an eye on your surroundings. Fireworks can sometimes misfire or behave unpredictably. By staying alert, you can react quickly if something goes wrong.

Avoid touching fireworks

Sometimes, unexploded fireworks can land in the viewing area. If you see any fireworks on the ground, do not touch them. They might still be active and could cause injuries. Instead, inform an event official or the nearest security personnel.

Stay hydrated and comfortable

Fireworks events can be long, and it’s often hot outside. Bring water to stay hydrated, and wear comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes. Bringing a blanket or lawn chair can also make your viewing experience more enjoyable.

Supervise your children

Keep a close watch on your children at all times. Make sure they understand the importance of staying within the safe viewing areas and not wandering off, and ensure that they understand not to touch any fireworks they might find.

Keep pets safe and comfortable at home

Don’t bring your pet with you to a fireworks show. Pets can be scared by the loud noises of fireworks, which might cause them to panic or run away. It’s best to leave them at home in a safe, quiet place where they feel secure.

If you know fireworks events are happening near your home, make sure your pets are as comfortable as possible. Create a quiet, safe space for them, ideally in a room without windows. Playing some calming music or white noise can help drown out the fireworks noise. Provide comfort items like their favorite pet bed or a soft, cozy blanket.

By following these tips, you can safely enjoy the beauty and excitement of fireworks. Remember, the best way to stay safe is to let the professionals handle the fireworks while you enjoy the show from a safe distance. Have a fun and safe celebration!