July 4th Fireworks Safety
Posted at 1:30 p.m.
According to the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA), far more fires are reported on July 4 than on any other day, and fireworks account for more than half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. The NFPA also reports that the risk of a fire death, relative to time used, shows fireworks as the highest risk consumer product.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public displays; however, if you are having a home fireworks display, the Consumer Products Safety Commission and our Fire and Rescue Department have some safety guidelines to follow:
- Follow the manufacturer directions.
- Have water available to extinguish discarded fireworks or for an emergency.
- Place legally purchased fireworks on a flat surface, clear of combustible materials and clear of all buildings.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep bystanders at least 25 feet away from fireworks.
- Do not permit young children to handle or light fireworks. (Sparklers can reach a temperature of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit.)
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
Learn more about Independence Day fireworks and events.
Infographic: Fireworks Injuries
Fireworks Injuries Infographic courtesy of the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission.