SafetyEssential Guidelines for
Fireworks Safety

At this time of year, people across America celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, family, and friends. Sadly, the number of people injured during this holiday has increased in recent years. Thousands of Americans, particularly children, are injured annually in fireworks accidents, with burns, finger loss, and blindness among the most common injuries.

To prevent injuries and tragedies, consumers must beware of the risks involved with using fireworks. Following these tips will help ensure a safe and enjoyable fireworks experience. Use common sense, follow basic safety precautions when handling fireworks, and avoid unnecessary risks. Additionally, familiarise yourself with local laws and regulations on fireworks use. Have a safe and enjoyable celebration!

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FAQs to Help You Celebrate Safety

What are the dangers of allowing young children to play with fireworks, including sparklers?
Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Such high temperatures are hot enough to melt some metals and can pose a significant risk of injury to young children.

A bucket of water or a garden hose should be kept nearby to quickly douse/extinguish any fire.

Fireworks should be lit one at a time, and the person lighting them should move away quickly after igniting them.

Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

Anyone who handles fireworks should wear safety goggles to protect the eyes from flying sparks or debris.

No, it is not safe to point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone, as the person could get severely burnt.

Douse the spent firecracker with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it.

Ensure bursting fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer use and not for professionals.

No, it is unsafe to use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

No, bottle rockets should not be used. Their flight paths are often erratic, and rocket launchers sometimes explode, sending pieces of glass or metal flying.

Fireworks should only be lit outdoors.

Fireworks should only be bought from reliable sellers and only after reading the safety labels.

No, it is not safe to carry fireworks in your pocket.

No, it is not safe to experiment or make your fireworks.

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

No, fireworks should never be shot in metal or glass containers

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

No, stay away from illegal explosives.