Fireworks are a great way to celebrate holidays and special events, but with that comes the responsibility to use fireworks in a safe, conscientious manner
- Always purchase your fireworks from a reliable source
- Store fireworks out of children’s reach
- Be a good neighbor; Be mindful of your neighbors, their pets, animals and property
- Provide adult supervision; never give fireworks to small children
- Use fireworks outdoors only (never indoors), away from trees and buildings, keeping a safe distance from the viewers, vehicles and traffic
- Have water handy, with a hose and/or buckets
- Follow the instructions as provided
- Only an adult should light fireworks
- Wear eye and ear protection, such as safety goggles and ear plugs
- Light only one firework at a time, keeping your head away from the firework, and have a clear path to get away
- Do not throw fireworks, nor hold them in your hand
- If a firework fails to discharge, do not try to relight. Instead, douse with water
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket
- Never point or throw fireworks at other people
- Do not shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
- Never experiment with homemade fireworks, and never alter store bought fireworks for an unintended use
- Soak used fireworks in water – they continue to burn long after the show
- Clean up firework debris. Always be a good neighbor!
The recommendations above are not a complete list, and we encourage you to visit the National Council of Fireworks Safety at FireworksSafety.org.
To find your state laws concerning fireworks visit AmericanPyro.com.