Since fireworks are associated with many injuries each year, help us help you avoid accidents by following these safety tips:
- For optimum safety, follow instructions closely when using fireworks.
- Fireworks are for use by adults or with adult supervision.
- Handle fireworks responsibly and with care.
- Wear eye protection.
- Keep small children away from fireworks.
- Sparklers can cause many types of injuries if not used safely.
- Use fireworks a safe distance from animals, buildings, storage tanks, brush and combustible materials.
- Never experiment with, make, or alter fireworks (federal government does not allow this).
- Do not carry fireworks in pockets.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry location away from heat and flames.
- Light one firework at a time and then move away quickly.
- When lighting fireworks, avoid placing any body part, especially the head, over the firework. Instead, approach item from the side and keep body away as it’s lighted.
- Never throw or aim fireworks at a person, animal or building.
- Keep clear of fireworks that do not go off or fail to go off for an extended time. Do not relight fireworks that have malfunctioned. Instead, soak these fireworks in water before handling them. It’s recommended to report defective fireworks to seller or Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Keep lit cigarettes, pipes and cigars away from fireworks.
- Avoid using fireworks that have dried after being wet.
- Those under the influence of alcohol or other medications should not handle or discharge fireworks.
View examples of allowed fireworks. State law does not allow firecrackers, skyrockets, Roman candles, daygo bombs and balloons that require fire to work. Generally, anything that launches into the sky is considered illegal in Minnesota. To report illegal fireworks use, call 911.