Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However,
they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands
of burns and eye injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if
they follow a few simple safety tips:
FACTS • Fireworks cause an average of
almost 20,000 reported fires per
year. In 2013, sparklers caused 41%
of fireworks injuries.
Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public
show put on by experts.
Do not use consumer fireworks.
Keep a close eye on children at events
where fireworks are used.
How HOT does a sparkler burn?
Consumer fireworks: NFPA is opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This includes
sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burn.
Recommended Safety Tips
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.