questionswhat are your fireworks tips?

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No tips, but please be very careful.

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Use a grill lighter so you already have some distance between yourself and the fireworks, just in case it goes off too soon. It may not seem like a big deal, but it could be the difference between almost getting hit and almost having a whole hand. Also, try not to get very drunk if you're going to handle the fireworks. That may not be such a big problem for you, but in Kentucky, we've no shortage of dumb rednecks who have a rocket in one hand and their 15th beer in the other and it never ends well.

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To give you an idea of the difference a generation makes, my dad always had me hold Roman Candles while they fired. Scared the crap out of me. Sparklers always stung.

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keep a garden hose on and very near by. that way if something gets accidently lit it is easier/faster to extengish the flames (also cools the burns on your skin from holding the sparkers).

wet the area down where you intend to light the stuff.
if you have the options put down a smooth layer to use as a blast off point (a piece of sheet metal would be best, but plywood would work).
if you have stuff that shoots into the air, make sure it has something to "kick" against to funnel it upwards instead of sideways.

keep someone besides the fireworks' lighter sober too so you have someone to drive you to the er.

good luck, have fun

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@thunderthighs: When I was a kid, we held a sparkler in one hand, and destrung firecrackers in the other. Used the sparkler to light the firecrackers, then threw them away as fast as we could (hopefully before they blew up in our faces). Those paper fuses burned fast...

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Try to keep them away from your arse.

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Tips really depend on what part of the country, what county, or city. Follow all the laws buying only what is legal for your area which should be pretty easy. Here in CA fireworks (different from firecrackers) can only be purchased at booths set up by organizations as part of their yearly fundraising. Where I live it is important to buy mine from a city booth because there are more restrictions on what is legal than the county and I live in the city. Since CA doesn't allow booms or flying displays safe use is pretty simple. I usually get out two ladders with a board on the second or third step to raise the display so everyone can see it. I also have buckets of water close by to place all lit displays in even if they didn't go off. The grass is always green (plenty of water so not very flammable) and the display is over cement or asphalt. I like to light two fountains at a time to make the show faster and give a little more entertainment but only do what you are comfortable with.

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Go somewhere where they have a big show. Generally, it's free, saves time and cleanup, and the fireworks are about a million times better

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If a garden hose can't reach, a fire extinguisher might come in handy. If applicable, think about your neighbors/pets. Our dog hates fireworks.

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From someone who (for professional reasons) used to be on a first-name basis with the local "hazardous device disposal technicians," skip the DIY stuff completely. Yes, I know I'm being a wet blanket.

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If you've got mortars, put an inch or two of sand in the bottom of a 5 gal. bucket, then stick in the mortar tubes and fill around them with sand to within an inch or two of the top of the tubes. The cardboard tubes work for as many shells came with them, but not much more. Dampness also weakens the tubes. If one of them goes off in the tube, the sand absorbs the blast and directs the force up.

Also, keep all the fireworks in a cooler with the lid closed. Pull out only what you will immediately use and close the lid. You avoid the spectacular display of everything going off at once.

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run very fast when you light them!

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Let someone else light them

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Keep a fire extinguisher on hand as well as a first aid kit and ice. We needed the ice tonight since one of the kids found out that a sparkler is hot after it goes out