With the approach of 2017, many eyes will be turning skyward for the fireworks displays that will outshine the stars in the night sky. Events are no stranger to pyrotechnics. Many events incorporate fireworks – and not just on the New Year’s Eve celebration. For numerous event organizers, they are a magical ingredient that generates excitement for any celebration.

However, fireworks are not harmless. At the start of 2016, there were a total of 839 firecracker-related injuries. Whether for an event or a small display at home, it’s important to take proper care to avoid injury. Here are six tips to keep your event safe.

 

Wrong | Secure a Space

Wrong | Secure a Space

Correct | Secure a Space

Correct | Secure a Space

Secure a Space

Fireworks require open spaces. People should keep a safe distance although that distance depends on the strength of the firecracker. Display-grade fireworks require a space of 25 meters from all sides. Smaller fireworks don’t need to be so far. Always keep a bucket of water ready in case of fire or duds.
 

Light with Care

Lighting a firecracker is often dangerous because a person needs to come close. It’s recommended to keep as much distance as possible when lighting. A BBQ lighter, a joss stick, or a mosquito coil are simple tools to add more space. Keep any sources of fire away until then. For professional displays, the person should wear protective goggles and tough, flame resistant clothing. Fireworks should never be lit when their on your hands unless they’re meant to be held like sparklers and roman candles.
 

Position the Pyrotechnics Away

Never aim a firework at people, property, or flammable objects. Always take wind velocity into consideration and don’t fire them when the wind is strong.

 

Wrong | Careful Handling and Storage

Wrong | Careful Handling and Storage

Correct | Careful Handling and Storage

Correct | Careful Handling and Storage

Careful Handling and Storage

Handle firecrackers with caution. Don’t keep them in your pocket or even grip them tightly. Always keep them dry and store them in cool, dry place. Lastly, don’t try to open them because the powder might accidentally combust.
 

Duds can be a Danger Too

Pyrotechnics that did not go off should be approached with caution; they may explode unexpectedly. Dowse them in water before disposing them.
 

Always Keep Your Head Straight

A person should never light a firework if their judgment is impaired. Avoid getting drunk, dizzy, manic, or other debilitating conditions before and during lighting a firecracker. Always drink alcohol afterwards.

Fireworks are thrilling and exciting but dangerous. Minimize the risks as much as you can to heighten the enjoyment that you and your audience get from it.