A group of people watching fireworks

Leave the Show to the Pros

Consider safer alternatives such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.Allow children to handle fireworks – including sparklers.
Observe your local & state laws.Attempt to alter, modify, or relight fireworks.
Have a designated sober adult light all legal fireworks.Point or throw lit fireworks at anyone.
Light one firework at a time & move away quickly.Allow children to pick up the spent fireworks ‐ some may still be active.
Keep children and other observers at a safe distance behind a protective barrier.Ever hold lit fireworks in your hand.
Store fireworks out of children’s reach.Keep a bucket of water close for disposal of fireworks.
Consume alcohol or drugs when lighting fireworks.Forget you can be held legally and financially liable for injuries caused by using fireworks.

The Facts

  • Sparklers can reach 2,000° F, hotter than a blow torch.
  • Thousands of fireworks injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments, often leaving permanent damage to eyes, hands & face.
  • Over 50% of fireworks injuries occur with people under the age of 20 years.

The FixShould a burn injury occur…

  1. STOP, DROP & ROLL if clothing catches fire.
  2. Cool the burn with COOL (not cold) water.
  3. Remove all clothing and jewelry from the injured area.
  4. Cover the area with a clean dry sheet or bandages.
  5. Seek medical attention.