Safety First!

Backyard Fireworks Tips

Forty-six of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia allow legal “consumer”
fireworks for the Fourth of July. The definition of consumer fireworks
varies from state to state, but can include everything from cone fountains to
roman candles to multiple tube “cake” devices to sparklers. Before using fireworks,
find out what’s legal in your state by checking the state law summary
for your state by clicking here.

If your state does allow fireworks, remember that even legal fireworks can
cause injury if they’re not used properly. Consider the following tips when
planning your Independence Day fireworks fun:

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
Always read and follow the directions on the label
Always have an adult present when handling fireworks
Never give fireworks to young children, even sparklers!
Use fireworks outdoors in a safe, non-wooden area
Having a working garden hose or bucket of water handy
Keep everyone a safe distance away from fireworks
Light only one firework at a time
Never re-ignite a firework that doesn’t light the first
time or one that has finished its display
Never carry fireworks in your pocket
Don’t throw fireworks at another person
Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks
Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
Keep spectators at a safe distance
Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks

Check out More Information about Firework Safety at
American Pyrotechnics Association