When using fireworks, it is critical to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. The Sacramento Fire Department offers the following safety tips:
Use only “Safe and Sane” fireworks, purchased from a licensed booth and bearing the State Fire Marshal seal.
Read and follow all fireworks label directions. Used improperly, fireworks can be dangerous
Light only one firework at a time, outdoors, in a clear and open space. Always maintain a safe distance from people, structures, vehicles, and any flammable materials.
Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby in case of fire or to fully extinguish a malfunctioning firework. Never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
Children should be closely supervised around fireworks. Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks. According to the NFPA, the tip of a sparkler burns at more than 1200 degrees! Glow sticks are a safer alternative.
Animals tend to become frightened by the lights and sounds of fireworks. Keep animals in a safe and secure location, away from firework activity.
Properly dispose of fireworks. Douse spent fireworks with water.
Act responsibly, follow the laws, and use common sense.