Safe In 60: Fireworks Safety
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Many of us will be changing things up this year and celebrating the Fourth of July at home with our family. But before purchasing fireworks, know the rules and precautions.
In 2018, fireworks started more than 19,000 fires nationally, resulting in 9,000 visits to emergency rooms. One-third of those treated were kids younger than 15.
First, know the rules where you live, and only discharge fireworks in approved areas.
- Every city has restrictions regarding when fireworks are allowed. Most cities allow fireworks from July 2 – July 5, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (midnight on July 4). Check your city’s restrictions here.
- Check for restricted areas. If you live in the foothills or a high fire danger area, fireworks may be restricted altogether.
- Fireworks are prohibited in all state parks, all state and federal forest lands, and many city parks.
- Class C dangerous fireworks are not allowed in Utah. Class C include bottle rockets, sky rockets, and any rocket mounted on a wire or stick, fireworks that explode including firecrackers, M-80 types, roman candles, and those aerial fireworks that contain more than 500 grams of pyrotechnic material. A list of all Class C fireworks can be found here.
- Aerial fireworks (sold in Utah stores) known as “multiple tube,” “cake,” or “repeater” fireworks are allowed. Follow all safety instructions listed by the manufacturer.
- NEVER use homemade fireworks.
- You could face a fine of up to $1,000 for not following rules, and many cities will hold you liable for the costs of extinguishing a fire set as a result of negligence.
- Put pets inside; they are usually frightened by fireworks and may run off.
- Always supervise children. Sparklers account for about one-fourth of emergency room fireworks injuries.
- Have water handy, like a hose or a bucket full of water.
- There should be one designated adult, wearing safety glasses, lighting the fireworks.
- Place spent fireworks in a bucket of water for several hours before discarding.
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