Firework safety tips to prepare for fireworks season

Jun 27, 2023, 3:30 PM | Updated: Jun 28, 2023, 7:25 am

The Red Cross and Salt Lake City Fire provided a firework safety demonstration on Tuesday, June 27,...

Firefighters and Red Cross presented firework safety tips at safety demonstration in Salt Lake City on June, 27, 2023 (Alejandro Lucero/KSL Newsradio)

(Alejandro Lucero/KSL Newsradio)

SALT LAKE CITY  —  The Red Cross and Salt Lake City Fire provided a firework safety demonstration Tuesday, where representatives illustrated the effects and dangers of the misuse of fireworks. 

Firework safety can help prevent injuries

The best parts of summer are the family BBQs, pool parties and, of course, fireworks. Red Cross officials say Utahns celebrating both Fourth of July and Pioneer Day can prevent “more than half of injuries” among children under 5 years old by following these firework safety tips.
  1. Know which fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  2. Never use professional-grade fireworks.
  3. Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy.
  4. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers.
  5. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  6. Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  7. Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
  8. Supervise children when they are handling sparklers.
  9. Consider safe alternatives to fireworks, such as party poppers, bubbles, silly string, or glow sticks.
  10. Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water overnight before discarding.
“We know that our Salt Lake City firefighters are ready to respond when called, and so is the Red Cross,” said Jeremiah Lafranca, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Greater Salt Lake Chapter.
“But by teaching residents about the fire and safety dangers of fireworks, we hope no one will need to make that call this Fourth of July.” Annually, nearly 20,000 fires are started by fireworks and well over 9,000 firework-related injuries are treated at Emergency Rooms according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Schedule a free smoke alarm installation at SoundTheAlarm during which volunteers will share important information regarding home fire safety planning and prevention.
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Firework safety tips to prepare for fireworks season