Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year!
Today is the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. Chinese New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in China! There’s tons of food and festivities. People line the streets with firecrackers, and children run door to door wishing families prosperity (and receiving red envelopes lined with money in return).
Fireworks are a big part of Chinese celebrations—and even more so during the new year. After all, the Chinese invented fireworks, so it only makes sense that it’s a big part of the culture. As fun and beautiful as they are, we thought this would be a good time to remind everyone that fireworks are explosives and very dangerous to use unless you are a trained professional with safe and reliable equipment. We actually do not recommend setting off commercial fireworks on your own. There are many fun alternatives to lighting fireworks. However, if you are considering setting off your own fireworks this year, please read these safety reminders!
- Buy only legal fireworks. Illegal fireworks are so much more dangerous, and the majority of injuries result from illegal fireworks. Never buy any fireworks that are wrapped in brown paper.
- Do not experiment with your own fireworks. It’s dangerous and illegal.
- Do not let children handle or light the fireworks.
- If you have been drinking or are under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, do not light the fireworks. The person who is lighting the fireworks should be completely sober and alert.
- Keep a bucket of water close to the area where you are lighting fireworks in case something catches on fire.
- If a firework does not ignite fully, do not pick it up and try to relight it. Pour water over the firework and dispose of it.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never light fireworks in a metal or glass container.
Good luck, happy Chinese New Year, and stay safe!