Fireworks Safety Tips

Each year during July 4th celebrations, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) – Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage. Please follow these safety tips from the National Safety Council (NSC) for a fun and enjoyable 4th of July celebration:

•Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol

•Never allow young children to handle fireworks

•Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision

•Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eye wear

•Never light fireworks indoors

•Only use fireworks away from people, houses and flammable material

•Only light one firework at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting

•Never ignite fireworks in a container •Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks

•Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding

•Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fire works that don’t go off or in case of fire

UTAH STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE

2019 fireworks

Discharge dates and times

Class “C” fireworks may be discharged between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. except as noted: July 2nd – July 5th (July 4th hours extended to midnight) July 22nd – 25th (July 24th hours extended to midnight) December 31st(11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Jan 1st) Chinese New Year’s Eve (11 a.m. – 1 a.m. the following day)

References:National Fire Protection Agency, Safety Council

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