Fireworks Safety Guidelines
US Fireworks is committed to the safe use of consumer fireworks.
The following guidelines are recommended to help you enjoy your
fireworks while minimizing the risk of an accident to yourself and
Other Sources of Safety Information
Always read the instructions carefully before attempting to light
a fireworks item.
Do not throw burned out sparklers on the ground. The hot debris
left over from the sparkler can burn someone if they step on it.
Always wear proper clothing whenever you use fireworks. This
includes cotton or denim clothing, long pants, eye protection,
covered shoes, and (if necessary) ear protection.
Never drink alcoholic beverages or take drugs when using fireworks.
Keep fireworks away from open flames, including cigarettes. Do
not smoke around fireworks.
Keep your fireworks dry. Never attempt to light fireworks that
have become wet.
Store fireworks in a cool dry place, and away from children.
Make sure small children cannot reach fireworks, and never allow
a child to eat fireworks or put them in their mouth.
Do not buy generic fireworks that do not have labels identifying
the manufacturer. All consumer fireworks should be clearly labeled
as "1.4G" fireworks.
Do not buy illegal fireworks. Many of these devices contain
explosive compounds that are sensitive to shock and friction.
Never allow children to use fireworks without direct adult
supervision. Children should be instructed on the safe use of
fireworks before allowing them to participate.
Never throw or toss fireworks at another person or animal.
Do not light fireworks in crowded areas.
Use proper instruments for lighting fireworks, such as instant-on
torches, safety flares, punk sticks, and other suitable tools
that provide some distance between the fireworks device and the
person that is lighting it.
Never pick up unlit or unexploded fireworks. Malfunctioning
fireworks should be soaked in a bucket of water for one hour
before disposing. Never attempt to re-light malfunctioning
Never put any part of your body over the top of any fireworks
device. Light all fireworks at arms length, and retire to a safe
distance once the device has been ignited.
When using fireworks that utilize mortar tubes, or repeaters
(commonly referred to as cakes), be sure the device is securely
mounted or secured in a way that prevents it from tipping over
once it is lit.
When lighting fireworks, consider the direction of the wind and
wind speed. Never light fireworks if the wind is too strong.
Do not light fireworks near flammable objects.
Keep unused fireworks in a closed container and upwind from the
place you are lighting your fireworks.
Use fireworks as intended. Do not disassemble fireworks.
Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby to extinguish fires.
Do not store failed or dud fireworks. These can suddenly ignite
Keep a first aid kit nearby for treatment of burns. If you are
burned in any area above the shoulders, seek medical attention
immediately. The Aloe cactus can be an excellent source of salve
for treating minor burns.
Always clean your area of debris after you finish using fireworks.
Children have a habit of looking for unexploded fireworks. Dispose
of fireworks properly.
Never light or hold lit fireworks in your hand or any other part
of your body.
Shoot fireworks one at a time, never try to light several fuses
at one time.
Never shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
Use fireworks outdoors in approved areas only, and away from
buildings and dry grassy areas.