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Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks-Related Burn Injuries Facts


In 2009, firework devices were involved in two deaths and nearly 9,000 injuries treated in hospital emergency departments in the U.S.


  • 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 greatest 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.

  • 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 brought to you by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and National Council On Fireworks Safety, Inc.

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