JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - As people say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 we can all expect to see our fair share of fireworks. While the bright bursts of light can be mesmerizing, we mustn’t forget the do’s and dont’s when it comes fireworks safety.
WLBT stopped by Robbie’s Fireworks in Jackson to get some tips on how you and your family can set off a light storm without getting hurt.
Owner Robbie Covington has been in the fireworks business for over 46 years.
“Christmas Eve used to be the biggest selling day of fireworks,” he said. He said when he was a child, fireworks were used as stocking stuffers.
“Kids were ecstatic about that.They went off and shot their fireworks and had a good time,” he continued.
But today, fireworks aren’t just for kids anymore. They are bigger and better. Which means more responsibility.
“If you don’t follow the instructions and you light something and you start doing things with it that it’s not supposed to do you can easily get hurt,” Covington said.
Which means there are a number of things to consider before you light up.
“You want to make sure that you’re not under trees where if you light something it’s not going to go up and hit a tree and come back down on you," he said. "Or under a light line.”
And if you do light one but nothing happens?
“Give it a few minutes and if it still hasn’t shot put it in a bucket of water,” he said.
Whatever you do he said, “Don’t go over and stick your head over it and all of a sudden BOOM!”
Over time Covington said products have become safer.
“Today’s fireworks all have safety fuses. They are all enclosed. You couldn’t just walk by and set a fuse on fire,” he said as he pointed out directions on the side of a fireworks set.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2017, human error and misuse were the number one causes of firework related injuries.
"I mean I knew one a few years ago. A guy took an artillery shell and stuck it on his head and let it shoot off and it killed him,' he said.
Lastly, Covington said, “Alcohol and Fireworks don’t go together.”