What Fuels Your Fire?

Fireworks Facts

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  • Keep your friends and family safe. Please be extra careful!

    • Every year fireworks cause fires and burns.
    • Drought adds to the danger of fireworks-related fires.
    • The safest, most adult, most patriotic, best thing to do in a drought is to NOT USE FIREWORKS. Instead, go to a public fireworks display.
    • IF YOU MUST USE FIREWORKS ANYWAY, take extra care to teach children about fireworks safety. Keep small children away from fireworks.
    • NO ALCOHOL and NO SMOKING around fireworks. Alcohol is flammable and a fire accelerant.

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Fireworks Safety Guidelines

    • First, read the directions on each firework before using. Study these guidelines.

    • Store fireworks in a cool dry place away from heat and flames.

    • Keep plenty of buckets of water handy. Soak used fireworks 6 hours in water before discarding.

    • In addition to buckets of water, keep garden tools and wet towels nearby. Throw wet towels over small flames.

    • Make extra sure everything is safe before leaving the area after finishing fireworks use.

    • Stop and think about safety, then choose a designated fireworks igniter:

      • Good: Use only by a responsible adult or older child under close adult supervision.

      • Better: Use only by a responsible adult wearing sturdy cotton clothing covering arms, body, and legs.

      • Best: Watch a Professional Fireworks Display.

    • Use eye protection. Many fireworks injuries involve loss of vision. Do not throw or aim fireworks at people, animals, or buildings.

    • Choose a safe place outdoors:

      • Aerial fireworks such as rockets: choose a bare flat circle at least 100 feet across.
      • Non-aerial (ground-based) fireworks: choose a bare flat circle at least 30 feet across.
      Only use fireworks outdoors and away from animals, small children, grass, trees, buildings, tanks, brush, or other material that might burn. Over water, such as in the middle of a lake, is ideal.
    • Only light one firework at a time, then move away quickly.

  • Some Fireworks Don'ts:

    • No smoking, no flames. Fire of any sort should be kept away from fireworks.

    • No alcohol. Don't drink around fireworks. Don't store alcohol near fireworks.

    • Keep fireworks away from small children and pets. Even sparklers burn at 1800 degrees F.

    • No polyester or nylon clothing. These are not safe with fireworks.

      Wear only sturdy cotton or wool clothing. Polyester and nylon can contribute to serious burns.
    • Do not let fireworks get wet. Do not use fireworks that have ever gotten wet.

    • Never carry fireworks in your pocket, nor in a backpack, bag, or purse carried on your person.

      If you must transport fireworks, if at all possible keep them in the original container.
    • Never light fireworks inside a container such as a bottle or can.

    • Do not touch duds. Wait 15-20 minutes, then soak duds in water. Never relight duds.

    • Never experiment with fireworks—don’t break federal law.

    • Do not stand or lean over a firework when lighting. Except for sparklers, always use a punk.


Keep Your Friends and Family Safe.
Attend a Professional Fireworks Display.

Download free fireworks safety brochures.


Take extra care when using imported fireworks,
especially those from China.

Imported fireworks are more unreliable
and fail federal quality tests more often
than fireworks made in the USA.

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