Firework Safety Tips

Fireworks celebrations go together, especially during the holiday season.  But fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious burn and eye injuries.  That’s why the Wise County Fire Marshal strongly recommends that you:

LEAVE FIREWORKS TO THE PROFESSIONALS!

If celebrating with fireworks is legal in your area, and you decide to use them, follow these safety tips:

Before you shoot:

  1. DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN BUY FIREWORKS WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION
  2. Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers
  3. Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
  4. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  5. Find a smooth, flat surface, away from the house or other buildings, dry leaves or grass
  6. Be sure to have water handy in case of a malfunction or fire
  7. ALWAYS HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION

When you’re ready to shoot:

  1. NEVER ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY WITH OR IGNITE FIREWORKS
  2. Always read and follow label directions, warnings and instructions
  3. Be considerate of your neighbors
  4. Only ignite fireworks outdoors and away from houses and out buildings
  5. Light only one firework at a time
  6. Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned
  7. Never give fireworks to small children, even sparklers cause serious burns
  8. Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks
  9. Never throw fireworks at another person, vehicle or animal
  10. Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  11. Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  12. Dispose of spent fireworks properly

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