Firework Safety Tips

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Important Safety Tips

  1. Never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks without adult supervision.
  2. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
  3. Use a clear, open area and keep the audience a safe distance from the shooting site.
  4. Do not attempt to make or alter any fireworks device.
  5. Only purchase and light 1.4G consumer fireworks. Examples include bottle rockets, Roman candles and fire crackers.
  6. Only light one firework item at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
  7. Never hold the firework when lighting it.
  8. Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  9. Use extreme caution when lighting fireworks in the wind. Keep spectators 20 feet away and where the wind is blowing away from them. 
  10. Stay at least 20 feet away from all structures.
  11. Never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks.
  12. Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person.
  13. Sparklers burn at extremely hot temperatures from 1200 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Glow sticks make an excellent, safer alternative to sparklers, especially for young children.
  14. More safety information  - U.S. Fire Administration