Comprehensive Children's Injury Center
Injury Prevention Tips | Fireworks Safety

Tips for Keeping Children Safe Around Fireworks

The Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC) provides the following fireworks safety tips to help parents become better informed on injury prevention tips.

  • All fireworks are potentially dangerous and can cause injury.
  • Children age 5 to 9 years have the highest injury rate.
  • Sparklers can burn at temperatures over 1000 degrees F and can easily set clothing on fire and cause serious burns.
  • It is strongly recommended that fireworks only be used by professionals.
  • If you choose to use fireworks, please follow these tips:
    • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
    • Read and follow all warnings and instructions before use.
    • Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from houses, dry leaves or grass, and flammable materials.
    • Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that do not go off.
    • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
    • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
    • Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially in a glass or metal container
    • Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
    • Store fireworks in a dry, cool place.
    • Never have any part of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
    • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

IMPORTANT TIP: Make sure you know what your local laws are. Many states do not allow the use of fireworks.