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NYS Offers Fireworks Safety Tips Ahead of 4th of July


With Independence Day fast approaching, New York State is offering tips to stay safe while celebrating the 4th of July holiday.

“As we celebrate this 4th of July with family and friends, it’s important that everyone take proper precautions to keep each other safe,” Governor Hochul said. “New Yorkers should exercise caution while using legal sparkling devices and enjoy this special day.”

In New York, sparkling devices must be handheld or mounted on a base or spike and are limited in size from 1 – 500g of pyrotechnic composition.

Common causes of fireworks-related injuries are:

  • A fast-fuse firecracker explodes before it can be thrown.
  • A misguided rocket strikes a bystander.
  • A curious youngster goes to investigate why a firecracker “failed” to explode.

Tips for Using Fireworks Safely:

  • Children and sparklers are a dangerous combination. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never throw or point fireworks toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  • Always use fireworks outdoors. Never light sparklers or fireworks inside.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • If you are impaired by alcohol, don’t use fireworks.

173 fireworks-related injuries were reported in New York in 2022.

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