Welcome 2014 without firecracker-related injuries or fires with these safety precautions.
Ushering in the New Year with fireworks is one of the most popular customs in the Philippines. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the things that fill hospitals with patients or causes accidental house fires even before the clock strikes 12. Firework-related injury or damage is one incident that isn’t a very fun tradition to uphold, so here are some tips on keeping your home and your loved ones safe when lighting up fireworks.
1. Buy fireworks only from manufacturers that are recognized by the Department of Trade and Industry. Avoid buying fireworks with no labels just because they come cheap.
2. Keep from purchasing fireworks that have been banned by authorities as noted in Republic Act No. 7183, which monitors the manufacture, sale and use of fireworks in the Philippines. According this law, “atomic big," "trianggulo”, “super lolo”, and other firecrackers that can endanger life and limb are prohibited.
3. Once you bring the fireworks home, keep them in a place where kids won’t reach them. Even if firecrackers are labeled as “safe for children”, it’s important to teach them the proper way to use them and to make sure that a grown-up is present when these firecrackers are used.
4. Never light fireworks in the house or even in your garage. Take your fireworks out to an open space such as the street in front of your home before setting them off.
5. Point fireworks away from people, houses, or electrical wires. Also, make sure that spectators are watching from a safe distance before lighting any type of firecracker.
6. Avoid using a cigarette lighter or a match to light fireworks. Always use a long stick with a flame at one end, and immediately back away as soon as the firecracker is lit.
7. People like to start lighting fireworks way before midnight, so don’t wait until the countdown to close all the windows and doors of the house. This will keep any wayward fireworks from entering your home.
8. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Avoid using any kind of firecracker when you’ve been drinking.
9. Fireworks can land anywhere and cause fires, so be sure to keep a bucket of water handy just in case.
10. Don’t pick it up or attempt to re-light unexploded fireworks. Instead, pour water all over it and wait an hour before disposing of it.
Celebrating the coming of the New Year would be a lot more fun without injuries or accidental fires. Stay safe when using fireworks by applying these tips.
Happy New Year!
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