AR 385-63 Range Safety .PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY Instructor: SGT Soto ‡ TASKS: Prevent accidents with fireworks ‡ CONDITIONS: In a class room environment. ‡ STANDARDS: The soldier will be able to handle fireworks safely. AR 385-10 Army Safety Programs. ‡ REFERENCE: Army news letters on the internet. a projector and a slide show presentation.

PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY ‡ Reasons for fireworks accidents ± Lack of self discipline ± Failure to enforce standards ± Inadequate training ± Failure to follow procedures ± Improper or inadequate clearing ± Failure to properly observe safety features ± Improper attention to the blast area .

poured the powder onto the ground and ignited the powder with a lighter. . an experienced infantry NCO handled an artillery simulator in an unauthorized manner. The NCO punctured a simulator.PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY ‡ Scenarios ± After conducting defensive operations during a JRTC rotation.

head and his right eye resulting in permanent loss of vision. the NCO received burns to his hand. .PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY ‡ Result ± As a result. vision.

PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY ‡ Factors Leading to the Injury: ± Failure to properly observe safety features ± Improper procedures .

Personnel were burning excess artillery propellant bags. The heat from the fire induced a low-order detonation of a 155 mm ³HE´ round that was in the vehicle. There was a HMMWV parked about 9 ft from the burn site. .


PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY ‡ Results ± Fire/detonation destroyed: destroyed: ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ HMMWV SINGARS Radios M2 Compass Bayonets Star clusters OVM Bag 2 M16 Rifles AN/PVS7A NVDs M2 Aiming Circle Propellant bags Canvas Personal Equip .

responsibilities. guided missiles. . and large rockets. and standards for firing ammunition.PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY ‡ Requirements ± AR 385-63 prescribes Department of the 385Army and Marine Corps range safety policies. procedures.

PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY ‡ Fun with fireworks ± Fireworks are great fun ± In USA every states has different rules and laws for fireworks. Other states do not allowed fireworks at all. . Some states or county's only permits fireworks on private property outside of city limits.

PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY ‡ Safety¶s ± ± ± ± ± Follow directions on label Adult supervision Buy from reliable fireworks dealers Alcohol and fireworks don¶t mix Always use fireworks out doors. dry grass and trees ± Keep a water bucket. away from homes. or fire extinguisher . water hose.

modify or attempt to make your own fireworks .PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY Safety (Continuation) ± ± ± ± ± ± ± ± Store fireworks in a cool and dry place Only light one item at a time Never try to reignite malfunctioning fireworks Never give fireworks to small children Always ensure that people are at safe distance Do not point or throw fireworks at other people Don¶t carry fireworks in your pockets Don¶t shoot/fire fireworks from metal or glass container ± Never experiment.

PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY ‡ Statistics ± Approximately 10.000 of them were children under 14.000 people are treated every year in hospitals for injuries resulting from mishandling fireworks and about 3. .

PYROTECHNIC AND FIREWORKS SAFETY ‡ Injuries in 2000 ± Treated 11.000 ± Fatalities 10 ± Under 14 = 50% ‡ Location of injury ± ± ± ± Eyes 30% Hands 29% Head and face 17% Burns 50% .