Fireworks Safety Tips

Due to pandemic restrictions cancelling large group gatherings across the country, many people will be holding their own celebrations with fireworks this Independence Day. Fireworks can be dangerous if not handled and disposed of properly. Here are some facts and tips to keep you safe this 4th of July.

o Never allow children to play with or ignite the fireworks.
o Sparklers can burn at temperatures above 2,000° Fahrenheit. Children should have adult supervisor when playing with sparklers.
o Never try to re-light a firework that has not fully ignited.
o Avoid approaching a firework that has not fully ignited for several minutes.
o Keep a water source handy in case of mishap and douse a firework completely if it fails to ignite.
o Do not wear loose clothing while handling fireworks.
o Never point or throw a firework at a person or structure.
o After the firework has completely burnt, douse the device with water before discarding to prevent trash fires.

Some fireworks include heavy metals and toxins that can cause health problems if not handled and disposed of properly.

More than 44% of firework related injuries are burns and fireworks start an estimated 19,500 fires in the US annually.

If a firework device does not have a label, chances are it was made for a professional display. It can be extremely dangerous if mishandled.