Disclaimer : “It is illegal in New York to transport, sell, buy, or use fireworks.” If you are travelling to
an area where they are legal to use, please keep in mind the following tips.
Fireworks are synonymous with the celebration of Independence Day, yet the thrill of fireworks can
also result in serious injury.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, “200 people on average go
the emergency room every day with fireworks‐related injuries both in the weeks that lead up to
and the weeks that follow the July 4th holiday.”
Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn, hand and eye injuries. You
can help prevent fireworks‐related injuries and deaths by following these simple fireworks
- Only responsible adults who are aware of hazards and appropriate precautions should
handle or discharge fireworks.
- Never use illegal fireworks.
- Parents should never let young children use fireworks.
- Carefully read and follow the label directions on fireworks packaging.
- Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
- Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
- Keep sparklers away from children. They can cause severe burns.
- Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground. Never try to light a
firework in your hand or re‐light dud fireworks.
- Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials such as buildings, trees and dry
- Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.
- Keep onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are
Trivia Question: How HOT does a Sparkler burn?
- A) 500 degrees
- B) 250 degrees
- C) 100 degrees
- D) 1200 degrees
- Answer: D