Firework Safety

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries every year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple tips. 

Be Safe!

  • If you want to view fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts
  • Do not use consumer fireworks. The National Fire Protection Association is opposed to the use of consumer fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers. Sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns. 
  • Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are in use.  

Be extra careful with sparklers

  • Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1200 degrees. Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun without heating up to a temperature that can melt glass.
  • Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.

Take necessary precautions:

  • Do not wear loose clothing while lighting fireworks
  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grasses
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and other flammable materials. 

Be prepared for an accident or injury:

  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it and investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to use the fire extinguisher properly.
  • If a child is injured, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, do not allow the child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.



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