Firework safety during the summer holidays

Jun 23, 2023, 2:00 PM

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(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — You’ve probably seen them in your grocery store’s parking lot — fireworks vendors are getting ready to open for business this weekend.

But don’t let our late spring fool you, Utah State Fire Marshal Ted Black says even though the hills are green and lush we still have to be careful,

“No one wants a major holiday to be the day you remember you lost your home or you caused a major fire or some other catastrophe,” he told KSL NewsRadio.

When to light fireworks

You can light off your own fireworks until 11 p.m. on July 2, 3, and 5, and until midnight on the 4th of July. 

Black recommends checking with your local fire department to see if you’re in an area where private fireworks are not allowed. If so, consider opting for a professional show instead. 

You can also check the Utah Department of Public Safety to see if your area is restricted.

Fireworks safety tips

Black said there are two instances where you should consider not lighting your own fireworks: if there are high winds or if you plan to enjoy alcohol for the 4th of July.
Otherwise, the Department of Homeland Security has the following tips for safely handling fireworks this holiday.
  • Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water/hose nearby in case of accidents.
  • Designate a safety perimeter.
  • Ditch faulty fireworks.
  • Supervise children when they are handling sparklers.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! 
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding them.
  • Never place a part of your body directly over a firework or hold a firework in your hand when lighting. 
  • Only light one firework at a time.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption when handling or using fireworks.
  • Consider safe alternatives to fireworks such as party poppers, bubbles, silly string, or glow sticks.  

Related: Utah firefighters remind locals of firework restrictions

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