Fireworks Safety

During the summer, fireworks become a fascination for people of all ages, especially children. However, some people do not realize how dangerous fireworks, even sparklers, can be.

Make sure you know your local laws on the use of fireworks. 

Make your holiday and summer safe, and make sure you and your family take precautions when around fireworks.

Children aged 5 to 9 years have the highest injury rates. Sparklers, which are considered safe by many, can be very dangerous. They can burn at temperatures over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and easily set clothing on fire, causing serious burns.

  • Burns
  • Hand and finger injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Leave fireworks to the professionals.
  • Never allow children to play with or light fireworks, even sparklers.
  • Older children who decide to use fireworks should always be supervised by an adult.
  • Buy only from reliable sellers.
  • Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
  • Stay away from illegal explosives.
  • Use outdoors only.
  • Always read and follow all warnings and label instructions.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Light fireworks only on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves and grass, and other things that may catch on fire.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Use long match sticks to light the fireworks, not lighters or cigarettes.
  • Never shorten or lengthen the fuse.
  • Never try to relight “dud” fireworks that have not fully functioned; if one does not go off, wait 15 minutes and soak the firework in water.
  • Keep water handy (a garden hose and a bucket) in case of a malfunction or a fire.
  • The shooter should always wear eye and ear protection and never have any part of the body over the firework when lighting.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people, animals or buildings that can catch on fire.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Observe all local laws. 

For additional information on this or any Safety and Injury Prevention Health Topic, call Trauma Services, 513-636-7865.

Last Updated 04/2014