Fireworks Safety

It's important to follow fireworks rules and laws to maintain a safe and fun environment for everyone.
You can visit The National Council on Fireworks Safety for more information.

Fireworks Safety

  • Wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks.
  • Stand back after lighting.
  • Always place on a hard and level surface.
  • Always read the directions on the firework before use.
  • Never experiment with "homemade" fireworks.
  • Keep a water source nearby; garden hose or a bucket filled with water.
  • Never re-light a "dud" firework. If a firework fails to ignite, wait 15-20 minutes before approaching it. Then submerge it fully in water for 5-10 minutes.
  • Light only 1 firework at a time.
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people or animals.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

Sparkler Safety

  • Stand at least 6 feet away from other people and any potentially flammable objects while using sparklers.
  • Wear close toed shoes.
  • Do not hold children if they're holding a lit sparkler.
  • Do not throw sparklers.
  • Do not run with sparklers.
  • Do not handle more than 1 lit sparkler at a time.

Other Great Firework Safety Tips

  • Always keeps your pets locked inside, away from any fireworks and shows.
  • Always have adult supervision.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a DFH “Designated Fireworks Handler”; a sober friend who can supervise all fireworks lighting.
  • Correctly dispose of all unused fireworks.
  • If necessary, store fireworks in a cool and dry location.