In New York, residents are legally supposed to leave the 4th of July fireworks shows to the professionals. You’re not going to find fireworks for sale in New York, though if you travel out of the state this summer you may be surprised to see them in supermarkets and other stores. And let’s face it, if you’ve spend a summer on Long Island you know that all around, private citizens are shooting off fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.
So let’s get this straight – fireworks are best left to professionals. It is illegal to purchase fireworks in New York state. However, if you find yourself at a party with fireworks and you feel like you need to get into the mix, be sure to handle them safely.
What does firework safety entail? First off, know what you’re holding. Read the label and all cautionary text, it’s there for a reason. Remember that this harmless little packet contains explosive materials, and even a harmless sparkler requires fire, so never let a child play with or light fireworks. Be sure a responsible adult is the one doing all lighting; make that a responsible adult who has not been drinking alcohol.
Use common sense! Do not shoot fireworks indoors, or in the direction of buildings, vehicles or trees. Don’t shoot fireworks into a container, and don’t carry them in a pocket or tucked into your clothing. Remember the handful of fatalities in the news in recent years from people shooting fireworks off a hand, or in one case, a head? If you’re lighting, wear safety glasses, place the firework on the ground, light it and move! Don’t try to be a daredevil, and keep a charged hose and bucket of water nearby for in case of an emergency.
Got a dud? Don’t bother to re-light it. Let it cool, then douse it in water and place it in a trash can. The same goes for the ones that did work, be sure to handle them only once they’ve had time to cool, give them a spray with the hose and dispose of them properly, please.
Enjoy your holiday! Get wet and wild this summer! But please, do it safely.
Frank Failla is a Long Island realtor based in Merrick and serving much of Long Island. To learn more about Frank or exciting Long Island properties, visit online at frankfaillahomesli.com.