- Children Should NOT Handle Fireworks: NEVER let children play with or light any fireworks, they should only be handled by ADULTS.
- Do Not Use Alcohol With Fireworks: Fireworks should only be used by adults who are not impaired in any way.
- Follow the Laws, Use Common Sense: Do not use illegal explosives or alter any firework device, do not make your own.
- Use Fireworks On A Hard Surface: Only ignite fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface, not on grass or gravel. If you are using fireworks on grass, lay down a piece of plywood as a shooting surface. Watch out for dry grass, brush or any flammable items in the area that could catch fire.
- Use in a Clear, Open Area: Make sure that the area overhead is free from obstructions, such as awnings, tree limbs or wires. Keep audience at a safe distance from the shooting site. Never shoot fireworks in a metal or glass container.
- Keep Clear of the Fireworks: Never put your head or any part of your body over the top of any fireworks product. Never look into a tube to check on the item, never hold a lighted firework in your hand.
- Use Care in Lighting the Fireworks: Always light fireworks products with an extended butane lighting device, a punk or flare. Light the fuse only on the tip; use a flashlight at night so that you can see the fuse. Never use a lantern, torch or other flame-producing device near fireworks for illumination.
- Light Only ONE AT A TIME and move away quickly.
- Do Not Use Malfunctioning or “Dud” Items: Don’t persist with malfunctioning items. Never attempt to re-light, alter or fix any “dud” fireworks.
- Have Water Close By: Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water nearby. Assign some to be “the fireman,” whose job is to be alert and at the ready with a water source for emergency.
- Be Aware of Wind Conditions: Avoid lighting fireworks during strong winds. Light fireworks with prevailing wind blowing away from spectators. If there is a wind shift during shooting, you should stop or rearrange your shooting site to accommodate the shift.
- Use Care in Handling Fireworks: Do not carry fireworks in your pocket, be careful not to drop them and never smoke when handling fireworks.
- Never Use Fireworks as Weapons: Do not aim, point or throw any firework product oat another person or at any property.
- Proper Storage: Keep fireworks in a cool, dry place and dispose of fireworks properly.
- Only Use Fireworks Outdoors, NEVER INDOORS.
- Special Reloadable Rules: Never use a wet or damaged shell or launch tube. Insert shell all of the way into the bottom of the tube, flat end down. Never force a shell into a tube. Use only one shell at a time. Wait at least 30 seconds between loading shells. Never ignite a shell outside of a launch tube. Never take a shell apart. Never relight a fuse that fails to ignite the device. After lighting the fuse, move a minimum o f 20 feet away from the launch tube.
- Only Purchase Fireworks from Licensed Fireworks Dealers: Do not use illegal explosives; do not alter any fireworks; do not attempt to make your own fireworks.
- Protect Your Eyes: Safety glasses are recommended for individuals lighting fireworks and those in close proximity to the launch site.
- Use Caution With Animals: Keep pets at a safe distance, noise and lights of fireworks often frighten animals.
- Transportation: It is a violation of Federal Law to transport fireworks on airplanes.
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