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Fire Safety

"In 2017, at least eight people died and about 12,900 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission." 2017 Firework Annual Report 


On average each year, fireworks will cause:

  • 18,500 fires/ year
    • 1,300 Structure Fires 
    • 300 Vehicle Fires 
    • 16,900 Outside and Other Fires
  • Cause an average of 3 deaths and 40 civilian injuries
  • Cost approximately $43 million dollars in direct property damage

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has these helpful safety tips for using fireworks.

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
  • Avoid buying fireworks wrapped in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays, and could be dangerous to consumers
  • Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited
  • Never throw or shoot fireworks at another person or animal
  • Never shoot fireworks off in a metal or glass container
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket

From the National Fire Protection Association, How Hot Does a Sparkler Burn? 

  • Sparklers Burn at 1200°F
  • Glass Melts at 900°F
  • Wood Burns at 575°F
  • Cakes Bake at 350°F
  • Water Boils at 212°F

Watch the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission's Firework Safety 2018 Video or the National Fire Protection Association Consumer Firework Safety Public Service Announcement to learn more about Firework Safety!

Last Updated: 3/19/24