Fireworks Safety Tips for a Happy 4th of July

Independence Day is just around the corner, and we all know what that means: Barbecue, Parades, and of course, Fireworks!

Even though fireworks are legal in most towns, cities, or regions in America, that is not always the case, and there are many safety tips that we should all be attentive to.

As a Fire & Life Safety company, we are especially cautious about these explosives. Yes, they are a big part of this patriotic holiday, but that doesn’t mean we should overlook the danger they represent, especially when handled by unprepared individuals.We are here to get your home safety and give you some "injury prevention information."

Firework Injuries

Boys, curious creatures that they are, are the most likely to be injured.

Most commonly, fireworks-related injuries involve children under 14; 75% of those are boys, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The hands, fingers, eyes, head, and face are most frequently injured, and more than half of these injuries are burns. The culprits that cause the most injuries are sparklers (26%), firecrackers (18%), and rockets (15%).

While kids are the most likely to get hurt, for parents, this means that you should never leave your children alone with fireworks -- even fireworks as seemingly benign as sparklers, which were associated with the most injuries in children younger than age 5, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Keeping Them Safe

If you intend to light up some firecrackers this weekend, there is no harm in being well informed about their dangers and well prepared to handle them. After all, it’s your family safety we are talking about. You work so hard all year long to keep your child safe… Don't let the 4th of July mess with your common sense.

First of all, of course, make sure it is even legal in your town/city. Fireworks can cause fires, injuries, and severe burns.

The American Pyrotechnics Association has a state-by-state guide to regulations for consumers to reference, but people should still check with their local governments for the latest information. If they are, here are a series of tips to enjoy your holiday with peace of mind:

• Keep fireworks away from children. Every year children lose fingers in fireworks accidents, and even sparklers burn at up to 2,000 degrees, making them extremely dangerous for children.

• Keep them away from people, pets, other houses, and flammable materials.

• Light one device at a time.

• Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby.

• Stay far away from where the fireworks are exploding and wear earplugs if the noises are uncomfortably loud.

• Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. If unexploded fireworks fall to the ground, do not touch them, and keep others away.

• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”

• It’s always good to remember that our pet’s ears are way more sensitive than ours, especially for dogs, and this could be a major cause of distress to our human companions. Remember to keep all pets inside, and if possible, try to cover their ears so avoid causing them harm and unnecessary stress.

Never Too Careful

There isn’t such a thing as being too careful around fireworks. Always take these tips seriously and read the instructions on how to use them to avoid emergencies. Needless to say, never try to make your own firework or buy illegal explosives, they could get you in a lot of trouble while still putting your whole family at risk.

Don’t let the lack of care ruin your Holiday. Be constantly alert for hazards and protect your loved ones the best you can.

Here is some additional content that may help you:

Burn Treatment & Prevention Tips for Families (
Fireworks Information Center (Consumer Product Safety Center)
Fireworks Safety (National Fire Protection Association)

Fireworks Safety Tips for a Happy 4th of July

Written by
Paulo Lanzilotti
Published on
June 30, 2022 11:22:59 AM PDT June 30, 2022 11:22:59 AM PDTth, June 30, 2022 11:22:59 AM PDT