Fireworks Safety

Before you celebrate with fireworks, make sure you and everyone celebrating with you knows about fireworks safety.

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Fireworks Safety Blog

Fireworks Safety Tips

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Council on Fireworks Safety, and your friends at Sky Bacon Fireworks offer the following safety tips.

When purchasing fireworks:

  • Make sure it is legal in your area to shoot fireworks.

  • Only buy fireworks from reliable sellers. Check the Sky Bacon dealer directory for authorized fireworks in your area!

  • Stay away from illegal explosives and illegal fireworks, and never experiment or make your own fireworks.

  • If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

Before the shoot:

  • Use fireworks outdoors only in an area without obstructions.

  • Have spectators remain a safe distance away from the shooting area.

  • Always have an adult present. Never give fireworks to small children.

  • The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.

  • Have a water source (a garden hose or a bucket of water) and a first aid kit handy.

During the shoot:

  • Read and follow the label directions for each item.

  • Place each item on a hard, flat surface. 

  • Multi-Shot Cakes: Brace with bricks (or stakes and duct tape) to prevent tip-over.

  • Bottle Rockets/Stick Rockets/Roman Candles: stick in ground before lighting; brace to prevent tip-over if necessary.

  • Sparklers: Consider poking the sparkler through a plastic cup to cover the holder's hand.

  • Light only one firework at a time, and then stand back and ENJOY!

  • Never attempt to re-light a firework that does not go off.

  • Never throw or point fireworks at anything besides the open sky.

  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

After the shoot:

  • Wait 15-20 minutes for items to cool before approaching.

  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water or allowing them to cool overnight, and then dispose of them in a trash receptacle.

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