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Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires each year, and in 2013, sparklers caused 41 percent of fireworks injuries. Check out some other, interesting statistics as well as tips to help keep you and your family safe this 4th of July.

Fireworks By the Numbers

  • More than one quarter (28%) of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on Independence Day.
  • Nearly half (47%) of reported fires on the 4th of July were started by fireworks.
  • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than one-third (35%) of the people seen in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries from June 20-July 20, 2014 were under the age of 15; nine percent were under the age of five.
  • The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (~36%); head, face, and ears (~19%); eyes (~19%); legs (~10%); and arms (~5%).
  • In 2014, children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 35 percent of the estimated injuries.
  • Nearly half of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were to individuals younger than 20 years of age.

*[Source(s): CPSC, NFPA]

Consumer Fireworks Safety

Fireworks Safety Tips


#1 – Always supervise children around fireworks.

#2 – Keep pets indoors.

#3 – Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.

#4 – Avoid setting off fireworks late at night, especially after 11pm.

#5 – Store fireworks in a closed box.

#6 – Follow the instructions for each firework.

#7 – Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place them in a metal trash can away from buildings or combustible materials until the next day.


#8 – Give sparklers to children under the age of five.

#9 – Drink alcohol before or while setting off fireworks.

#10 – Approach or go near a firework that has already been lit.

#11 – Transport fireworks illegally (ex: public transportation).

#12 – Use consumer fireworks.

[source: NFPA and National Council on Fireworks Safety]