Fireworks injure more than 10,000 people each year and there are two times as many fires reported on the Fourth of July than on any other day; 50% of those are from fireworks.
Safety matters around every type of firework. Even sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals!
- Never let children play with, or ignite fireworks
- Always have a responsible adult supervising firework activity
- Never light fireworks indoors
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person
- Never ignite fireworks in a container
- Maintain a safe distance after lighting
- Always follow manufacturer instructions
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully
- Keep a bucket of water, a garden hose, and/or a fire extinguisher nearby
- Call 911 in case of an emergency
Be mindful of pets, too. Pets can become disoriented, frightened, and anxious during loud firework celebratory activities. Please take this into consideration when planning your Independence Day celebrations.