Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are often a part of summer and end of the year celebrations. Keep in mind that fireworks can be dangerous and may cause serious burns and injuries. Follow these firework tips for a safe Fourth of July.

Little girl holding out a fireworkFireworks Safety Tips:

  • 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, pour plenty of water on it to prevent a trash fire. 
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for examples of what may happen when fireworks safety is not considered.

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Fireworks Safety. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. English. 2011.

Last Updated: August 27, 2014