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Fireworks Safety Tips

    • Recommendations to Help Prevent Fireworks-Related Injuries

    • Before using fireworks, be sure they are permitted. Check with your local police or fire department to determine what fireworks can be legally discharged in your area.

    • Use fireworks outdoors only

    • Read all warnings and instructions.

    • Never allow children under 12 to handle or ignite fireworks. Even sparklers burn at 2,000° F!

    • Be sure other people are out of range and warned before lighting fireworks.

    • Never hold fireworks while trying to ignite them

    • Light only one firework at a time and then move away quickly.

    • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses. Never light fireworks near dry leaves, brush, or flammable materials.

    • Never try to relight fireworks that have not functioned properly.

    • Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of a malfunction.

    • Contact the fire department if a fire starts.

    • This information is provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and National Council On Fireworks Safety, Inc.

  • More than half of all injuries were burns. Two-thirds of injuries occur in the days surrounding the July 4th holiday.

  • Children under age 15 are at most significant risk of injury, 

  • Eight out of every 100 injuries required hospitalization.

  • Firecrackers and sparklers accounted for more than one-third of all injuries. Rockets, fountains, and roman candles also accounted for injuries.

  • Sparklers and rockets accounted for three-fourths of injuries to children under age five.

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