Tips from a few different places online on fireworks safety.
To help you celebrate safely this Fourth of July, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Council on Fireworks Safety offer the following safety tips:
- Always read and follow label directions.
- Have an adult present.
- Buy from reliable sellers.
- Use outdoors only.
- Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
- Stay away from illegal explosives.
Tips on Choosing Safe Fireworks
It is extremely important to know the difference between a legal consumer firework and a dangerous explosive device. Items such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are not fireworks, they are federally banned explosives. They can cause serious injury or even death. Stay away from anything that isn't clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer's name and instructions for proper use. Here are some more tips to help ensure a safe Fourth of July:
Fireworks are not toys. Fireworks complying with strict regulations enacted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1976 function primarily by burning to produce motion and visible or audible effects. They are burning at approximately the same temperature as a household match and can cause burn injuries and ignite clothing if used improperly.
NEVER give fireworks to young children. Close, adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory. Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly.
Select and use only legal devices. If you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, check with your local police department to determine what fireworks can be legally discharged in your area.
Stay away from illegal explosives. Illegal explosive devices continue to cause serious injuries around the Fourth of July holiday. These devices are commonly known as M-80s, M-100s, blockbusters or quarterpounders. Federally banned since 1966, these items will not contain the manufacturer's name and are usually totally unlabeled. Don't purchase or use unlabeled fireworks. If you are aware of anyone selling such devices, contact your local police department.
Homemade fireworks are deadly. Never attempt to make your own devices and do not purchase or use any kits that are advertised for making fireworks. Mixing and loading chemical powders is very dangerous and can kill or seriously injure you. Leave the making of fireworks to the experts.
Facts & figures
- In 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 total structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and $36 million in direct property damage.
- In 2010, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks related injuries; 57% of 2010 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 37% were to the head.
- The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-14, with more than twice the risk for the general population.
- On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
FIREWORK SAFETY TIPS
TNT® Fireworks reminds you to celebrate safely and responsibly this 4th of July. Celebrating with fireworks is an American tradition that harkens back to the days of our founding fathers. Fireworks are a great source of family entertainment when used safely. TNT® Fireworks recommends that you follow the following safety tips so that you enjoy your fireworks display this holiday.
OBEY ALL LAWS
Please obey your local and state laws regarding the sale and use of state approved fireworks. Contact local fire and police officials regarding ordinances pertaining to the purchase and use of fireworks in your area.
USE COMMON SENSE
Common sense is important when using fireworks. Read all warning labels and follow directions on each firework device and understand the product performance of each item.
Children should not handle, play with, or light fireworks. Adults should handle and light all fireworks to insure their proper use.
JUST SAY NO
Do not consume alcoholic beverages while lighting fireworks. If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you increase the possibility of misuse and injury to yourself and others near you.
HARD, FLAT & LEVEL
To insure stability of the firework, always light on a hard, flat, and level surface to prevent an item from tipping over. If lighting on grass, use a flat wooden board as a shooting surface.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Use fireworks outdoors in a clear, open area away from buildings and vehicles. Avoid dry grass and brush that could catch fire or near any flammable items. Spectators, especially children, should remain a safe distance away from the shooting area, generally 25-40 feet for fountains and ground based items and 75-100 yards for aerial product. If windy conditions exist, fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from the audience.
Never put your head or any part of your body over a firework. Never look into a tube to inspect a firework. Never hold a lit firework in your hand.
The fireworks shooter should wear eye protection. Fireworks should be lit with punk or an extended butane lighting device in order to keep the maximum distance from a firework. Fireworks should be lit only one at a time. TNT's GLO-FUZE® makes lighting easier in the dark, but use a flashlight if needed. Don't attempt to re-light a "dud." If a firework fails to ignite, let stand for at least 5 minutes, then immerse in water.
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
Make sure that you keep a bucket of water, a water hose, and/or a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies.
HANDLE WITH CARE
Fireworks should not be carried in your pocket. Don't aim or throw fireworks at another person. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
MAN'S BEST FRIEND
Pets and farm animals may be frightened by the noise and lights of fireworks. You may want to keep pets inside or animals moved away during your fireworks show.
Fireworks should be bought only from reliable and licensed dealers. Licensed and reliable dealers only carry products that meet standards set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Do not use illegal explosives, alter any firework devices, or attempt to make your own fireworks.
TNT® Fireworks products meet or exceed the standards established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation for UN 0336 1.4G consumer fireworks. In addition, TNT® Fireworks also tests its products to insure proper product safety, performance, and compliance with CPSC and DOT standards.
Be Safe and Know the Law
TNT® Fireworks is the industry leading provider of state-approved consumer fireworks. We strive to provide safety tips and legal information to keep you safe and informed.
Please visit The National Council on Fireworks Safety, a special website promoting responsible and safe fireworks fun.
There are many federal, state, and local regulations regarding the sale, transport, and use of fireworks. In short, the law does not generally allow us to sell and ship fireworks through this internet website or via mail order. Use our store locator to find the nearest retail location where you can buy TNT® products. Fireworks cannot be shipped via UPS, Federal Express, or the United States Postal Service. The Federal Aviation Administration also prohibits the transport of fireworks on all commercial flights.
State and local governments may regulate items which are sold within their borders. These governmental bodies use varying definitions. Standards that are acceptable in one jurisdiction may not apply in another. For example, a "Safe and Sane" item that is legal to sell in California may not be legal in another "Safe and Sane" state, such as North Carolina.
We will continue to provide fireworks under the strict guidelines of all federal, state and local laws. It is important that you know the fireworks laws where you reside. For more information, you may call us at 1-866-868-3953.
= States that allow nearly all consumer fireworks (currently 21)
= States that allow "Safe and Sane" (non aerial) fireworks (currently 18)
= States that allow only sparklers or small novelties (currently 6)
= States that ban all consumer fireworks (currently 5)