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Safety Tips

Fireworks are a great American tradition. They can provide hours of family entertainment, but must be handled by adults with safety in mind. For the safety of both the audience and those lighting the fireworks, we recommend that you observe the following safety measures during your fireworks display.

Children Should Not Handle Fireworks
NEVER let children handle, play with or light any fireworks. Only responsible adults should handle and light the fireworks.

Do not Use Alcohol With Fireworks
Don’t consume alcohol while lighting 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.

Follow the Laws
Follow your local and state laws regarding the possession and use of fireworks, and use good common sense when using fireworks.

Read the Label
Read all directions, cautions, labels and warnings on each individual firework to understand the product performance and hazards associated with the use of the item.

Use Fireworks on a Hard Surface
Do not ignite fireworks while holding them.  Always light fireworks on a hard, flat level surface to insure the stability of the items. Grass is generally not suitable for any aerial items. If lighting on grass, lay down a flat wooden board for a shooting surface.

Stabilize Each Item
Stabilize cakes and tubes using cement blocks or bricks to prevent them from tipping over during use.

Use in a Clear, Open Area
Keep the audience, especially children, a safe distance away from the shooting site. Always light fireworks in a clear open area away from buildings and vehicles (a minimum of 30 feet for fountains and other ground-based items and 100 yards for any aerial product is recommended). Avoid lighting fireworks in any area where there is dry grass or brush that could catch fire. Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

Keep Clear of the Firework
Never put your head or any part of your body over the top of any firework. Never hold lighted fireworks in your hand. Never look into a tube to check on the performance of the item.

Use Care in Lighting Fireworks
Always light fireworks products with a punk, flare or an extended butane lighting device, enabling you to keep as far from the product as possible. If needed, use a flashlight at night so the fuse can be seen. Never use a lantern or other flame producing device near fireworks for illumination. Light the firework and get away.

One at a Time
Only light one firework at a time.

Don’t use Malfunctioning Items
Never attempt to re-light, alter or fix any “dud” firework.

Have Water Close By
Have an accessible fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water nearby for emergencies.

Soak Fireworks After Use
After using fireworks, soak the spent items thoroughly with water to prevent them from re-igniting. Let them soak overnight. Never bring spent fireworks indoors.

Windy Conditions
Be cautious of lighting any aerial firework during strong wind conditions. The firework should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from the spectators. If there is a significant wind shift during the time you are lighting the firework, the shooting site should be rearranged or the shoot should be postponed until the conditions improve.

Use Care in Handling Fireworks
Do not carry fireworks in your pocket. Always be careful in handling fireworks to prevent dropping them. Never smoke when handling fireworks.

Never Use Fireworks as Weapons
Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person or animal, or at any property or structure.

Store Fireworks Safely
Always store fireworks in a cool, dry place and dispose of fireworks properly. Do not store fireworks in your home or vehicle.

Only Use Fireworks Outdoors
Never use fireworks indoors!

Be Courteous
Only use fireworks where you have permission from the property owner.  Don’t shoot fireworks at unreasonable hours.

Purchase Fireworks From Reliable Dealers
Buy fireworks only from reliable, licensed fireworks dealers.  Never make your own fireworks. Never modify an existing fireworks item.

Wear Safety Glasses
Safety glasses are recommended for those individuals lighting the fireworks and those individuals in close proximity to the fireworks.

Never Take Fireworks On An Airplane
It is a violation of federal law to carry fireworks on an airplane or transport fireworks in your luggage.


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