Firework 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 

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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!