Fourth of July firework safety tips

Posted at 3:24 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 17:30:45-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Chances are your Fourth of July celebration will include lighting fireworks.

Fireworks are legal in Utah three days before and after July 4 and Pioneer Day, which is on July 24. But experts want you to know there are dangers.

According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, injuries from fireworks went up last year. They expect more than 200 people will go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries every day this weekend.

fireworks injury infographic

To keep your family safe, they offer the following safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.