Firework Safety Tips-Be Safe This 4th of July

Recommended Safety Tips

Sheriff L. Paul Bailey of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office along with the National Council on Fireworks Safety and the National Fire Protection Association are reminding citizens of some of the basic firework safety tips, as the Independence Day holiday approaches.

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

And let’s not forget the safety of our pets!

  • Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
  • If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  • Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
  • Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.


Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However,

they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands

of burns and eye injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if

they follow a few simple safety tips:

FACTS • Fireworks cause an average of

almost 18,500 reported fires per



Sparklers account for more than one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.



 Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public

show put on by experts.

 Do not use consumer fireworks.

Keep a close eye on children at events

where fireworks are used.


Some information of how hot a sparkler burns.


1200 °F Sparklers

Glass melts at 900 °F

Wood burns at 575 °F

Cakes bake at 350 °F

Water boils at 212 °F

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