2018 Firework Safety & Usage
A Message from the Fire Marshal:
As we quickly approach our fireworks season, I would like to commend the citizens of Utah in how they have responsibly discharged and enjoyed their fireworks. I would remind everyone as they celebrate the independence of our country and the coming of the Pioneers to our mountain valleys, that they do it with safety being their primary focus.Too many children are injured annually by sparklers and novelty items because most adults don’t realize the amount of heat given off by the sparks and that the remaining wire can burn even after all of the sparks have dissipated. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and be mindful of the notices that are placed at fireworks sales locations. The State Fire Marshal’s website has notices and maps of various cities who have restricted areas where fireworks cannot be discharged. Please follow the laws and rules of our state while enjoying the many celebrations of freedom.
TOP SAFETY TIPS FOR FIREWORKS USAGE:
- Use only Utah-legal fireworks from authorized distributors.
- Follow all manufacturer’s safety recommendations
- To ensure you are using fireworks in a safe area, check with your local city or county’s rules here:https://firemarshal.utah.gov/department-services/fireworks-restricted-areas/
- Prepare the area before you start using fireworks.
- Use areas that are free of debris, overhead vegetation or housing, dry grass, leaves, etc.
- Have a water bucket filled nearby for quick disposal of finished fireworks
- Ensure fireworks won’t tip over by only lighting fireworks on flat, clear ground.
- Light one firework at a time to effectively manage safety concerns as well as extend the show!
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then put it in the water bucket.
- Do not alter the intended use of a firework. Do not combine or dismantle fireworks.
- Make sure a responsible adult is in charge of your home firework show.
- Keep spectators safe by maintaining a healthy distance from the fireworks.
- Report fires immediately by calling 911.