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Firework Safety 101

There’s no denying the joy and excitement fireworks bring. With great fireworks come even better memories!


But, if you plan on enjoying fireworks, you need to understand that there are risks involved. As we gear up for the 4th of July, right around the corner, let’s take a minute to go over some basic firework safety.



Purchasing Fireworks


Firework safety begins from the moment you make a purchase. Always be sure you’re abiding by local laws and regulations.

  • Make purchases from reputable sellers. Make sure that whoever you buy your fireworks for is an authorized seller.

  • Stay up to date on local laws. Check with local regulations that fireworks are legal in your area.

  • Avoid any illegal fireworks. Whether explosives or fireworks, only purchase legal products from reputable sellers.

Preparing to Light Fireworks


Once you’ve made your purchase, you want to go ahead and take certain precautions to ensure the safety of your evening for you and those around you.



  • Have a source of water nearby. Ensure a bucket of water or hose is nearby wherever you plan to shoot your fireworks.

  • Wear eye protection. Protective goggles or lenses will help prevent sparks or debris from entering your eyes.

  • Have an adult present. Never let young children shoot fireworks on their own.

  • Set up fireworks in an outdoor area. Fireworks should only be shot in an open space.


Shooting Fireworks


Fireworks are a class of low explosive pyrotechnic devices, so you need to be extremely careful when lighting them.



  • Read and follow directions. Read each label and follow the directions for each firework.

  • Light one at a time. Never light more than one firework at once, and stand back.

  • Sparkler safety. Consider poking a sparkler through a plastic cup to protect the hands of small children.

  • Multi-shot cake safety. Prevent tip-over by bracing these fireworks with bricks.

  • Place fireworks on a hard surface. Fireworks should be shot from flat, hard surfaces only.

Cleaning Up After


The safety precautions don’t stop when the show is over. There are a few other steps to follow to ensure the safety of everyone involved.



  • Allow fireworks to cool. Wait 15-20 minutes before coming near any fireworks that seem to be out.

  • Dispose of fireworks safely. Soak fireworks in water or allow them to cool overnight. After, fireworks can be safely placed into a trash receptacle.


Let’s Spark Something!


Now that you know how to shoot fireworks safely this 4th of July, all you’re missing is the fireworks. Thankfully, at Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks, we can help provide you with endless firework options.


Whether you’re looking for a private show or wholesale purchases for a firework business of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks is the largest independent fireworks business in Kentucky. Contact us today by calling 606-367-5569.


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