Church sponsored fireworks should be discouraged. The improper use of fireworks can result in death, amputations, and blindness. If you still plan to use fireworks, follow these safety tips:
- Children should never be allowed to use fireworks. For years, sparklers have been thought of as a firework device for children, but sparklers burn at high temperatures and can cause clothes to catch on fire.
- Launchers must be stable to prevent tipping over and engaging in a horizontal discharge. New requirements went into place in 1997 that govern the stability of launchers.
- Spectators should be positioned out of the range of fireworks. Fireworks can engage in erratic flight paths.
- Fireworks that do not function after being ignited should never be re-ignited. They should be doused and properly discarded.
- Notify the fire department of your plans, and take the necessary safety precautions to respond if a fire should occur.
For more help church safety issues, see these downloadable resources:Essential Guide to Managing Risk for Church Boards, Your Helpful Guide to Church Insurance, andSafe Youth Trips and Activities.
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