Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. 230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.


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Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Adapted from Fireworks Information Center |

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    A Safe 4th of July

    sparklers-july-safety-photo-420x420-grf-107239484Fourth of July can bring fun times, sunshine and lasting memories. But before you celebrate with your family, make sure everyone is aware of firework safety. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on average 200 people will go to the emergency room for firework-related injuries in the month around Independence Day.


    The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these safety tips for using consumer fireworks in the hopes that injuries to consumers can be greatly reduced this season:

    • Know your fireworks.  Read the caution label before igniting
    •  Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can
    • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
    • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
    • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

    Special tips if you are using sparklers:

    • Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers.
    • Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
    • Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out.  Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.

    Still need more tips? Click here to get the full list from The National Council on Fireworks Safety. We would love to hear from you! Share your own tips for firework safety in the comment section below, post them to our Facebook or tweet them to us at @HealthyKids2Day.