Summer has arrived and celebrations with friends and family are in full swing. Whether you’re organizing a neighborhood block party or hosting one of the most patriotic gatherings of the summer, when incorporating fireworks, it’s important to make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.
We’ve gathered a variety of educational and general safety tips to help you celebrate safely. The first step in firework safety is to understand your state and city laws.
According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, Forty-eight of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia allow legal consumer fireworks for the Fourth of July. The definition of consumer fireworks varies from state to state. Before using fireworks, find out what’s legal in your state by checking the state law summary for your state by clicking here
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Check out these general safety tips:
- Kids should never play with fireworks. Products like firecrackers, rockets, and fountains are not safe for children.
- If you allow your kids to handle sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800 degrees and should always be supervised by adults.
- Buy only legal fireworks (legal fireworks have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions; illegal ones are unlabeled) and usually go by the names M-80, M100, blockbuster, or quarterpounder. These explosives were banned in 1966, but still account for many fireworks injuries.
- Never try to make your own fireworks.
- Store your fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
- Read and follow the directions on the manufacturer’s label before shooting off any fireworks.
- Steer clear of others setting off fireworks. They can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
- Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even as a joke. And keep spectators at a safe distance.
- Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.
- Wear eye protection, and don’t carry fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off.
- Point fireworks away from homes and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances.
- Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and never relight a dud.
- Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
- Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
- Animals have sensitive ears and can be very frightened or stressed by the Fourth of July and other big celebrations. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.