Fireworks are Fun, but Remember to Use Them Safely


Fireworks. An American tradition to celebrate the 4th of July. Elaborate displays are put on all over the country that light up the sky and leave us all in a sense of awe.

But those sparkles, bottle rockets, and Roman Candles all have one thing in common: fire.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that on a typical New Year’s holiday, more fires are reported nationwide than on any other day. The NFPA also reports that in 2011, fireworks caused approximately 17,800 fires resulting in $32 millions in property damage. And in 2012, an estimated 8,700 people were treated in emergency rooms due to fireworks related injuries.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends the following safety tips to ensure your family has a safe holiday weekend:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.