Julie Heckman explains how to ignite fireworks safely and how to clean fireworks up.
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Hi, I am Julie Heckman, Executive Director of the American Pyrotechnic Association, and today, we are discussing firework safety. Now, we've just selected our perfect spot to use fireworks and we walk through the important tips to keep in mind in setting up the areas, so that it is safe to use fireworks. Now, I am going to show you how to properly ignite your fireworks, as well as dispose of them afterwards. As you can see, we selected an area that has plenty of space. We have got lots of room to discharge our fireworks that keeps us free and clear from our products that are waiting to be used as well as our crowd or spectators. We are going to place this on a flat level surface. And now, before we actually light the fuse on the fireworks, we have just a few more tips we need to cover. First, it's important to have a sober, responsible adult in-charge of all firework activities. In this case, that would be me. We have got our safety gear. We have a bucket of water handy, and we have a working garden hose just in case we have a mishap. We have our safety glasses, which are very important to protect your eyes. And I am going to use the utility lighter, because that gives me a little extra distance from the fuse and it will help protect my arm in the event if the fuse sputters quickly. Now, with those tips in mind, we are ready to light the fireworks and have some fun. And I am going to move at a safe distance. And now, a few more tips I would like to share with you to make certain that your celebration with fireworks is safe and enjoyable for you and your family. Please, only light one firework at a time and again, keep your pets inside the house and keep youngsters away from the fireworks. Now, the last step we need to do is actually clean up, and it's rather simple. You want to take your finished firework item and it's still getting pretty warm to the touch. But you should dispose off it in a bucket of water. Let those fireworks soak all night, and when they have cooled in the morning, it's very simple to just dump it into your trash and dispose them with the rest of your household garbage I hope you found this video production to be informative and educational. And I hope that all of your firework celebrations in the future are safe and happy ones.