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Fireworks Safety Tips

We hope that you will enjoy the fun and excitement of your Phantom Fireworks, and that you will do so in a safe and careful manner.

Fireworks are an American tradition.  They can provide hours of wholesome, family entertainment, but must be used by adults carefully and safely.  To insure the safety of both the audience and those lighting the fireworks, we recommend that you obey the following safety measures during your fireworks display.

1.  CHILDREN SHOULD NOT HANDLE FIREWORKS. 

NEVER LET CHILDREN HANDLE, PLAY WITH OR LIGHT ANY FIREWORKS.  ONLY ADULTS SHOULD HANDLE AND LIGHT THE FIREWORKS.  Fireworks are great family fun, but they burn very hot and are intended to be handled only by adults.  Children should enjoy the fireworks by watching them.

2.  DO NOT USE ALCOHOL WITH FIREWORKS. 

Please do not consume any alcohol while lighting fireworks.  Fireworks must be used only by individuals who act in a responsible manner and who are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  If you are impaired when you use fireworks, you increase the possibilities of misuse and injury to yourself and others.

3.  FOLLOW THE LAWS; USE COMMON SENSE. 

Follow  your local and state laws regarding the possession and use of fireworks, and use good common sense.  The products burn hot to function, and you must respect that.  Read all directions, cautions, labels and warnings on each individual firework to understand the product performance and hazards associated with its use.  If your state has shooters' sites, use them.

4.  USE FIREWORKS ON A HARD SURFACE. 

Always light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface to insure the stability of the products.  Grass is generally not suitable for any firework intended to be used in an upright position.  If lighting fireworks on grass, lay down a flat wooden board for a shooting surface.  You must do what you can to insure the stability of the fireworks while functioning.  Bracing aerial items with a brick on two sides will help the stability.

5.  USE IN A CLEAR, OPEN AREA. 

Use the fireworks in a clear, open space away from buildings and vehicles, making sure the overhead area is free from obstructions.  Keep the audience (and particularly children) a safe distance away from the shooting site.  A minimum clear radius of 30 feet for fountains and other ground-based items and 150 feet for any aerial product is recommended.  You should avoid lighting the fireworks in any area where there is dry grass or brush that could catch fire.  Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

6.  KEEP CLEAR OF THE FIREWORKS. 

Never put your head or any part of your body over the top of any fireworks.  Never look into a tube to check on the firework.  Never hold an ignited firework in your hand.

7.  USE CARE IN LIGHTING THE FIREWORKS. 

Always light fireworks with punk, a Phantom Pyro-Torch, a flare or an extended butane lighting device.  This will enable you to keep as far from the fireworks as possible.  Use a flashlight so the fuse can be easily seen; never use a lantern or other flame producing device near fireworks for illumination.  Light the fireworks and get away quickly.  Respect the fireworks, because used improperly, they can be dangerous.

8.  BE CAREFUL WITH FIREWORKS NOT BEING USED. 

It is important to use great care with fireworks not being used that are in the vicinity of your launch zone.  Sparks from active fireworks can ignite idle fireworks and cause injury.  Cover unused fireworks or put them in a sealed container to prevent sparks from active fireworks inadvertently igniting the idle ones.

9.  ONE AT A TIME. 

Light only one firework at a time.

10.  DO NOT USE MALFUNCTIONING ITEMS. 

Never attempt to re-light, alter or fix any "dud" fireworks.  If a firework does not work, return it to your Phantom dealer for replacement.

11.  HAVE WATER CLOSE BY. 

Always have a readily accessible fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water near your launch site for emergencies.  A connected hose is the best water source.

     During any fireworks shoot, there should always be one individual assigned as the fireman, whose sole job is to be alert and at the ready with a water source in case of emergencies.  The fireman should watch the burning particles to make sure none come down hot.  Having a fireman at the ready is especially important during dry conditions or when there is any dried grass or brush in any close proximity to the shooting site.

12.  WINDY CONDITIONS. 

Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during windy conditions.  The fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from the spectators.  If there is a significant wind shift during the time you are lighting the fireworks, the shooting site should be rearranged to accommodate the wind shift or the shooting should be stopped.

13.  USE CARE IN HANDLING FIREWORKS. 

Always use the utmost care in handling the fireworks, being careful not to drop them.  Do not carry fireworks in your pocket.  Never smoke when handling fireworks.

14.  NEVER USE THE FIREWORKS AS WEAPONS. 

Never aim, point or throw any fireworks at another person or at property.  Using fireworks as a weapon is a crime.

15.  STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF FIREWORKS. 

Always store fireworks in a cool, dry place; and dispose of fireworks properly.

Consumer fireworks are largely made of paper and cardboard, and there is a possibility that they may continue burning after use.  It is always a good idea to completely wet down the spent fireworks with water to insure there will be no fires after use.

Even after dousing the spent fireworks with water, do not bring them indoors.  Allow them to remain in a secure outdoor location overnight to be positive no lingering sparks will cause indoor damage.

16.  ONLY USE FIREWORKS OUTDOORS. 

Never use fireworks indoors; only use them outdoors under safe conditions.

17.  PURCHASE FIREWORKS FROM RELIABLE DEALERS. 

Buy fireworks only from reliable, licensed fireworks dealers.  Licensed and reliable dealers will carry only those products that meet manufacturing and performance standards enforced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

18.  SAFETY GLASSES. 

Safety glasses are recommended for those individuals lighting the fireworks and those individuals in close proximity to the fireworks.

19.  SPECIAL RELOADABLE RULES. 

Never use a wet or damaged launch tube.  Insert the shell all the way to the bottom of the launch tube, flat end down.  If you are using a cylindrical shell, make sure the arrow is pointed up.  Never force a shell into a tube.  Use only one shell at a time.  Wait at least 30 seconds after launch before loading the next shell.  Never load a shell into a smouldering tube.  Never ignite a shell outside of a launch tube.  Never take the shell apart.  Never relight a fuse that fails to ignite a shell on the first try.  After lighting the fuse, move a minimum of 20-30 feet from the launch tube.

20.  USE CAUTION WITH ANIMALS.  

Be careful using fireworks around animals.  Often the noise and lights of fireworks frighten animals.  Keep animals inside during your use of fireworks, and warn your neighbors that you are about to use fireworks, so they can properly protect their animals.

21.  DO NOT TRANSPORT FIREWORKS ON AIRPLANES. 

It is a violation of federal law to transport fireworks on airplanes.  Please do not attempt to do so.