Independence Day is almost here, and while it’s a day to celebrate, let’s not forget about firework safety. In 2018, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents.
Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you’ll enjoy them much more knowing your family is safe. Here are six fireworks safety tips from Kissimmee Utility Authority you should use and teach to your kids:
Look up! Always examine your surroundings for power line locations before launching fireworks. Only light fireworks in open areas. If a firework gets entangled into a power line, call KUA at 407-933-9898.
Obey warning signs: Stay out of high-voltage power line rights-of-way and electric substations, or any place where “Danger: High Voltage” signs are posted.
Do not throw objects up into power lines. This can cause short circuits, and could result in injuries.
Do not use pad-mounted transformers as a launch pad: Pad-mounted transformers are not meant for touching, climbing or playing. They could be a potential danger if they become damaged.
Do not string fireworks on utility poles: Maintain a safe distance and clearance to avoid fireworks coming into contact with energized lines.
Follow manufacturer instructions: When workingwith fireworks or sparklers, always be sure to follow manufacturer instructions and never try to handle malfunctioning fireworks.