Advice when buying fireworksA few simple precautions are all it takes to reduce the risk of injury, and they start already at the time of purchase: Ask the sales person to show you how to handle the items correctly, observe the warnings and instructions, and note the recommended ages at which children can safely handle them. Then store them in a cool and dry place, well out of reach of any children and pets.
Setting them offOnce you've chosen the location for setting off the fireworks, be sure to keep them in a place that's protected against any sparks. It's best to keep them in a separate space or to cover them. Choose a stable surface for the item you're about to ignite, and make sure that other people, animals and buildings are at a safe distance. Don't stick rockets into the ground to set them off. For small ones, you can use a secured bottle; for larger ones, you will need a launch rod or pipe.
Fingers off any duds!Burned out fireworks first need to cool down and then be dowsed with water before disposal. It is also very important to handle any duds correctly: Approach them only after ten minutes and don't try to light them a second time. Pour water over them and return them to the store for disposal.
Be considerateWhile rockets can be spectacular, they are also very loud. Be aware that not all your neighbours may find them equally thrilling. Respect families with small children, as well as elderly people and animals. Consider asking in advance if the noise will bother anyone, and be willing to compromise, for example by setting off fireworks only during a certain period or choosing less noisy items, such as volcanoes.
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