The Fourth of July is a day for celebrating our freedom with family, food and fireworks. To help everyone have a happy and safe Independence Day, we’ve put together some firework safety tips and information to help you prepare for holiday festivities.
- Only use Minnesota-legal fireworks like sparklers, fountains, ground spinners and snappers.
- Fireworks that explode or shoot into the are illegal in Minnesota
- Point fireworks away from people and animals.
- Use fireworks in an open area away from trees and houses.
- Extinguish and dispose of spent fireworks in a bucket of water.
- Do not try to reignite a “dud.”
- Always use caution around fireworks and make sure children are supervised.
- Give children firework alternatives such as:
- Glow sticks
- Red, white and blue silly string
- Party noisemakers
Did you know?
- There is an average of 75 hospital visits each year in Minnesota due to fireworks injuries.
- More than 30% of firework injuries are from sparklers.
- Burns account for 44% of firework injuries
- Fireworks are estimated to cause 19,500 fires a year nationwide.
Keeps this information in mind to make sure you and your family safe for the Fourth. For more fire safety tips, visit our Fire Department page.