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--So before you burn your neighbor's house down or start a forest fire, we've got some Fourth of July safety tips for you. Even if you've heard this stuff before, you should hear it again.
#1.) Spray Down the Launch Site with a Hose Beforehand. If you're only setting off fireworks that stay on the ground, spray down a spot that's at least 30 feet in diameter.
--If you're using things like bottle rockets and Roman candles, it should ideally be 150 feet in diameter. And obviously don't choose a launching spot that LOOKS dry.
#2.) Keep the Hose Nearby, Just in Case. If a hose won't reach, then at least have a fire extinguisher handy. Or even a bucket of water is better than nothing.
#3.) Be Aware of How Windy It Is. If the wind picks up, let it die down before you set anything else off. Even one little spark can start a fire if it lands in the wrong place.
#4.) Designate One Adult to Watch for Any
#5.) Don't Get Overconfident. Even if you're only using SMALL fireworks, you can still start a fire or hurt yourself by mistake.
--According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were at least 6,300 fireworks-related injuries in 2010, and about 20% of them were caused by sparklers. Another 6% were caused by bottle rockets.