Sparkler held in person's hand.

Fireworks are a sight to see on New Year’s Eve, but they’re also a major safety hazard. Therefore, many state and local governments have rules against the use of fireworks. However, they may allow certain fireworks, sparklers, or other ignited displays. If you’re using fireworks this year, make sure to follow fireworks safety rules for optimal safety and preparedness.

How Can You Stay Safe During Fireworks?

The best way to stay safe during fireworks is to trust everything to the pros. If you’re feeling up to lighting some of your own fireworks, heed these safety tips from our fire safety experts. Make sure to follow our fireworks safety tips:

  • Do not use fireworks if you’ve consumed alcoholic beverages
  • Only use fireworks outside and on a nonflammable surface, such as a driveway
  • Have a bucket of water handy and put fireworks in the bucket once they’re done
  • Give dud fireworks 20 minutes, then douse them in water

What Fireworks Cause the Most Injuries?

Fireworks all have the potential to cause injuries. Sparklers are particularly dangerous, accounting for more than 25% of emergency room fireworks injuries.1 This is because sparklers are often handheld, and they burn at up to 1200 °F.1 Other fireworks also cause considerable number of injuries, and safety is always crucial.

Fire Safety Experts

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