Fireworks Safety Tips

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ALWAYS read the warning or caution label carefully and follow all directions.

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KEEP fireworks out of children's reach. Children should not handle and light fireworks. Adult supervision is a must.

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NEVER place any part of your body over the firework when lighting it. Eye protection should be worn when lighting fireworks.

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ALWAYS light one firework at a time. All other fireworks should be kept at a safe distance to prevent accidental lighting. ALWAYS use fireworks outdoors and away from buildings, plants, dry grass, and combustible materials.

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ALWAYS have water handy. Put all used fireworks in a bucket of water. If a firework fails to work after lighting, wait 15-20 minutes and then put it in a bucket of water. NEVER try to re-light a firework if it fails to ignite.

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NEVER put fireworks in your pocket. Keep fireworks in their original packing until you are ready to use them.

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NEVER point or throw a firework at another person or animal. NEVER hold a firework in hand.

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WHEN lighting fireworks make sure to firmly secure on a hard level surface, before lighting.

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NEVER drink alcohol and light fireworks at the same time.


Safe Disposal of Fireworks

If you have unused, misfired or "dud" fireworks, following these safe disposal steps will help ensure the protection of you, your family and waste haulers and handlers:

  • Completely submerge fireworks in a large bucket of water and soak until thoroughly saturated. This may take 15 minutes for small fireworks or as long as overnight for larger ones.
  • Double wrap the completely soaked fireworks in plastic wrap or two plastic bags so they do not dry out.
  • Place the double-bagged fireworks in the household trash or take them to your local solid waste facility.
  • You can contact your local fire department or solid waste facility as other disposal options may be available in your community.


Fireworks Storage

If you plan to store unused fireworks that have not yet expired, keep them in a cool, dry place such as a garage and out of the reach of children. Never place fireworks on top of an electrical appliance, such as a refrigerator or freezer. The appliance could be struck or damaged through extreme weather events such as lightning or power surges, resulting in the possible ignition of the fireworks.

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