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Every year around the 4th of July, IFD runs numerous medical calls involving injuries from fireworks.  By following the fireworks safety tips below, we can ensure everyone has a safe and fun Independence Day!

Fireworks Safety Tips

 Fireworks safety tips from the NFPA and Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors.
  • Keep a water source or garden hose nearby.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface or according to instructions.
  • Keep fireworks away from structures and combustible/flammable materials.
  • Be sure others are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time and only use a punk (a smoldering stick used for lighting a firework fuse) or an extended butane lighter.
  • DO NOT attempt to re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
  • DO NOT pick up malfunctioning fireworks for several minutes, then place them directly into a bucket of water.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Sparkler Safety


Safety tips to avoid injuries from sparklers:

  • Sparklers reach temperatures up to 1800 degrees!
  • Sparkler wires and sticks remain hot long after the flame has gone out.
  • Be sure to drop the spent sparklers directly into a bucket of water.
  • Show children how to hold sparklers away from their body and at arms length.
  • Always remain standing while using sparklers.
  • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
  • DO NOT throw sparklers.
  • DO NOT hand a lighted sparkler to another person and always stand at least six feet from other people while using sparklers.
  • DO NOT hold or light more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Always wear closed-toe shoes when using sparklers.