Summer celebrations that include fireworks can turn ordinary events into extraordinary festivities, especially when these displays are conducted by professionals. However, each year, amateur firework use accounts for numerous incidents—including burns, bodily injuries, and an average of 18,500 fires.
The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays, where experts—including the local fire department—manage the activities. Individuals should also avoid using fireworks at home.
However, if you choose to use any fireworks on your own, be sure to follow these safeguards:
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. Never use illegal fireworks.
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks. Older children should only use them under close adult supervision.
- Ensure anyone using fireworks or standing nearby wears appropriate eye protection.
- Never hold lit fireworks in your hands.
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
- Soak used fireworks in water for a few hours before safely discarding them.
Above all, remember that fireworks—even hand-held sparklers—are dangerous and can easily cause severe injuries. Always consider using a safer alternative, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers, or colored streamers. For more personal safety guidance, contact one of our agents or call us at 818.302.3060.