The summer season means sunshine, barbecues and celebrating holidays with fireworks. While fireworks may be fun for the whole family, it’s never a good idea to light them around power lines. When celebrating, be sure you and your loved ones keep these firework safety tips in mind:
Look up! When scoping out the area to light your fireworks, look for an open area far away from power lines. Fireworks can cause power lines to catch fire. If there is an accident involving fireworks and a power line, leave the area immediately and call 9-1-1.
Stay away from the big green box. Pad-mounted electrical equipment carries high voltages of electricity to power our homes. Never touch, sit or place objects on these green utility boxes. Never use pad-mounted electrical equipment as your fireworks’ launch pad.
Report downed-power lines. If you see any downed power lines, stay away and call 9-1-1 or OUC at 407-423-9018.
Follow these additional firework safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Keep all spectators at least 20 feet away from where the fireworks are ignited.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Never place any party of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse. Immediately back up to a safe distance after lighting fireworks.
- Light fireworks one at a time.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby.
- After fireworks complete their burning, put out the firework with water before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Never light or shoot fireworks off in metal or glass containers.
Published June 16, 2021