Happy Independence Day 2014

Fireworks and Independence Day go hand in hand, so while you are celebrating this 4th of July holiday please keep a few safety tips in mind:

 Happy Independence Day 2014Fireworks and Independence Day go hand in hand, so while you are celebrating this 4th of July holiday please keep a few safety tips in mind:

-Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
-Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
-Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
-Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
-Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
-Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
-Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
-Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
-Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
-After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
-Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Some states allow all or most types of consumer fireworks (formerly known as class C fireworks). These include Roman candles, rockets, sparklers, firecrackers and more. Other states only allow novelty fireworks or ban fireworks completely. If you plan to use fireworks this 4th of July, find out what’s legal in your state.

firework-types-and-injuriesFireworks Laws by State
This summary of regulations is accurate as of June 1, 2014:
Alabama – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Alaska – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Arizona – Allows only novelty fireworks.
Arkansas – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
California – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Colorado – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Connecticut – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Delaware – Bans all consumer fireworks.
District of Columbia – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Florida – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Georgia – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Hawaii – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Idaho – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Illinois – Allows only sparklers and/or other novelties.
Indiana – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Iowa – Allows only sparklers and/or other novelties.
Kansas – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Kentucky – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Louisiana – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Maine – Allows only sparklers and/or other novelties.
Maryland – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Massachusetts – Bans all consumer fireworks.
Michigan – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Minnesota – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Mississippi – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Missouri – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Montana – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Nebraska – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Nevada – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
New Hampshire – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
New Jersey – Bans all consumer fireworks.
New Mexico – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
New York – Bans all consumer fireworks.
North Carolina – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
North Dakota – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Ohio – Allows only sparklers and/or other novelties.
Oklahoma – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Oregon – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Pennsylvania – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Puerto Rico – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Rhode Island – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
South Carolina – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
South Dakota – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Tennessee – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Texas – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Utah – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Vermont – Allows only sparklers and/or other novelties.
Virginia – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Washington – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
West Virginia – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Wisconsin – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.
Wyoming – Allows some or all types of consumer fireworks.

Information provided by Consumer Product Safety Commission

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