Fireworks Safety Tips
CHILDREN SHOULD NOT HANDLE FIREWORKS
children handle, play with, or light any fireworks.
Only adults should handle and light the fireworks.
DO NOT USE ALCOHOL WITH FIREWORKS
Please do not
consume any alcohol while lighting or handling
fireworks. Fireworks must be used only by
individuals who act in a responsible manner and who
are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you are impaired in any way when you use
fireworks, you increase the possibilities of misuse
and injury to yourself and others.
FOLLOW THE LAWS; USE COMMON SENSE
local and state laws regarding the possession and
use of fireworks, and use good common sense when
using fireworks. Read all directions,
cautions, labels, and warnings on each individual
firework item to understand the product performance
and hazards associated with it. If your state
has shooters’ sites, use them. Use only those
fireworks permitted under the laws of the state and
local jurisdiction in which you are using the
USE FIREWORKS ON A HARD SURFACE
fireworks on a hard, flat, and level surface to
insure the stability of the items. Grass is
generally not suitable for any item intended to be
used in an upright position. (If lighting fireworks
on grass, lay down a flat wooded board for a
USE IN A CLEAR, OPEN AREA
Always keep the audience
(and particularly children) a safe distance away
from the shooting site. Always light your
fireworks in a clear open area away from buildings,
vehicles, and shrubbery. A minimum clear
radius of 30 feet for fountains and other ground
based items and 100 yards for any aerial product is
recommended. You should avoid lighting the
fireworks in any area where there is dry grass or
brush that could catch fire or near any flammable
items. Never use fireworks indoors.
Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
KEEP CLEAR OF THE FIREWORKS
Never put your head or
any part of your body over the top of any fireworks
product. Never look into a tube to check on
the firework item. Never hold a lighted
firework item in your hand. Keep as far from the
firework item as possible when lighting.
USE CARE IN LIGHTING THE FIREWORKS
fireworks products with a punk, a flare or an
extended butane lighting device. This will
enable you to keep as far from the firework item as
possible. If needed, use a flashlight at night
so the fuse can be easily seen; never use a lantern
or other flame producing device near fireworks for
illumination. Light the fireworks product and
get away quickly. Respect the fireworks,
because if used improperly, they can be dangerous.
ONE AT A TIME
Light only one firework
at a time.
DON’T USE MALFUNCTIONING OR “DUD”ITEMS
to relight, alter, or fix any “dud” firework item.
If a firework item fails to ignite, let it stand for
at least five minutes, then immerse it in water.
Dispose of any item properly.
HAVE WATER CLOSE BY
Have an accessible fire
extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water
nearby for emergencies. During any fireworks
shoot, there should always be one individual
assigned as the fireman, whose sole job is to be
alert and at the ready with a water source.
Be cautious of lighting
any fireworks during strong wind conditions.
Fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind
blowing away from the spectators. If there is
a significant wind shift during your time you are
lighting the fireworks, rearrange the shooting site
to accommodate the wind shift or stop shooting until
the windy conditions subside.
USE CARE IN HANDLING FIREWORKS
Do not carry
fireworks in your pocket. It is preferable to
keep the products in a closed container before
ignition. Always be careful in handling
fireworks to prevent dropping them. Never
smoke when handling fireworks.
NEVER USE THE FIREWORKS AS WEAPONS
point, or throw any fireworks at another person or
at any property.
STORAGE OF FIREWORKS
Always store fireworks
indoors, only use them outdoors in safe conditions
USE FIREWORKS OUTDOORS
Never use fireworks
indoors; only use outdoors in safe conditions.
PURCHASE FIREWORKS FROM RELIABLE DEALERS
only from reliable, licensed fireworks dealers.
Licensed and reliable dealers will only carry those
products that meet standards set and enforced by the
US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Do not
use illegal explosives; do not alter any firework
device; do not make your own fireworks.
Safety glasses are
recommended for those individuals lighting the
fireworks and those individuals in close proximity
to the fireworks.
BE CAREFUL WITH ANIMALS
The noise and
lights of fireworks often frighten some animals, so
it is very important that you are careful with pets
and farm animals. You may want to consider
moving the animals away or keeping them inside
during your display. Please be considerate of
your pets and animals when using fireworks.
DO NOT TRANSPORT FIREWORKS ON AIRPLANES
It is a violation of federal aviation law to
transport any fireworks device on an airplane.
Please respect this law and do not attempt to carry
any fireworks onto an airplane or transport them in
Top 10 4th of July Driving Tips
Don’t Drink and Drive
No matter if you are
attending a holiday gathering close to home, or if
you are on a road trip, drinking and driving is
never a good idea. Play it safe this 4th
of July and either have a designated driver to drive
you home or call for a cab.
Wearing seatbelts every
time you drive is the easiest way to help keep you
and your family safe in the event of an accident.
If you are traveling with small children make sure
they are in a proper car or booster seat for their
age group and height.
Watch your speed! State and
local police officers will be out in full force
during the 4th of July week. So
make sure to obey the speed limits of the state you
are in and keep a safe distance between cars in
front of you! Remember, a speeding ticket can mean
points on your driver’s license and a potential
increase in your auto insurance rate.
Check your tires
The last thing you
want is your own “fireworks display” while on the
highway. That is why it is important to
inspect your tires before you head out on your trip.
Make sure to check the tire pressure in your tires.
Many drivers fail to do this – and low tire levels
can potentially cost them more money in gas to fuel
their car. It is also a good idea to have your
tires rotated by a professional mechanic before you
leave on a long trip.
Make sure your battery has enough juice
If it has been
a few years since you replaced your car battery, you
might want to do so before you leave on your 4th
of July vacation. It is better to be safe than
sorry when you are traveling far from home.
Turn on your lights
Something many of us fail
to check before leaving for vacation are headlights,
tail lights and turn signals. To ensure
everything is working properly, have a family member
or friend walk around the car while you test the car
lights and signals from the inside.
Pack a first aid kit and roadside assistance
kit It’s always a good idea to keep
a first aid kit and a roadside assistance kit in
your car at all times. You never know what could
happen, so it is better to play it safe. While
you’re at it, consider packing a cooler of water, a
flashlight, non perishable food and extra batteries.
Rain, rain, go away! The 4th
of July weekend can bring the sun and blue skies,
but it can also bring rain storms. That is why
it is important to check the weather before you
leave and during your trip. If you do get
caught in a torrential downpour, pull off to the
side of the road or to a rest area until the rain
has stopped. And if the area you are in
floods, don’t try to drive through it, find an
alternative route. You may have to back track
a bit, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Watch your surroundings! One
of the most popular ways to celebrate the 4th
of July is by attending a fireworks display at a
local venue. These types of events typically
generate large crowds of people and pedestrians.
If you are driving to or from a fireworks
celebration, make sure to drive with caution and
care with these large crowds about.
Proof of car insurance
Whether you are traveling
close to home or out-of-state you should always have
your proof of car insurance in your wallet and in
your glove box. It’s a good idea to keep a
disposable camera, note pad and pen in your car,
just in case an accident occurs.