Fireworks Safety

June 26, 2018


Fireworks can help make holidays, special occasions, and celebrations even more fun and memorable. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about the following fireworks safety tips.

  • Always read and follow label directions.

  • Always have an adult present.

  • Only buy fireworks from reliable sellers.

  • Use fireworks outdoors only.

  • Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).

  • Never experiment or make your own fireworks.

  • Light only one firework at a time.

  • Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).

  • Never give fireworks to small children.

  • If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.

  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people.

  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

  • The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.

  • Stay away from illegal explosives and illegal fireworks.

Additional Safety Considerations:

  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances.

  • Always clean your area of debris after you finish using fireworks. Children have a habit of looking for unexploded fireworks. Dispose of fireworks properly.

  • Use proper instruments for lighting fireworks, such as instant-on torches, safety flares, punk sticks, and other suitable tools that provide some distance between the fireworks device and the person that is lighting it.

  • Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed around loud noises. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or get injured.

  • Keep a first aid kit nearby.

  • Alcohol and fireworks DO NOT mix!

Taking extra precautions will help to make sure your family and friends stay safe and that your celebration is a blast!



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