The 4th of July is behind us, but chances are you have some fireworks left that you would like to keep, but safe.
The Alabama Department of Public Health recently shared a graphic from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources regarding how to safely store unexpired fireworks.
Here are their tips:
- Store unused, unexpired fireworks in a cool, dry place, such as a garage. Make sure they are out of reach of children.
- Never place fireworks on an electrical appliance, such as a refrigerator or freezer. The device could be struck or damaged by extreme weather events such as lightning or power surges, resulting in the possible ignition of fireworks.
- Clean up any loose powder that has spilled on the floor as it may cause sparks, ignite through metal tools and other household items.
There are a few more steps you need to follow to safely get rid of misfired or misfired fireworks. To dispose of them safely, you should:
- Completely submerge the fireworks in a large bucket of water and let them soak overnight
- Wrap completely soaked fireworks in plastic wrap or two plastic bags so they don’t dry out.
- Place bagged fireworks in household trash or take them to a local landfill.
- Never put undipped fireworks in the trash. They could present a fire/explosion hazard.