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Fireworks Safety

Hoda Tavalali, MD

Hoda Tavalali, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician

Sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees F or hotter. That’s as hot as a blow torch or a charcoal fire in a grill—a temperature that can melt copper. Fireworks, such as bottle rockets and small firecrackers, may appear harmless because of their small size, but they send thousands of people to emergency rooms each year, particularly around the Fourth of July.

Tips for Injury Prevention

When handling fireworks:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Don't light multiple fireworks at the same time and be sure to move a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Don't point or throw a lit firework at another person.
  • Don't stand over the fuse when lighting a firework.
  • Don't try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not gone off or functioned fully.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby to safely discard or extinguish fireworks.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

There’s no such thing as safe explosives, especially for kids.

Know the risks. Prevent the tragedies and have an injury-free Fourth of July!

Trauma Prevention

  • Fireworks Safety