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Fireworks Safety 101

Here are 15 tips to help you celebrate with fireworks more safely.

Enjoying fireworks seems to be synonymous with summer fun. Of course, the Fourth of July holiday is one of the most common days for fireworks, but more and more people are using fireworks during celebrations throughout the summer, and even throughout the year.

Along with the upward tick in fireworks usage in recent years has been an upward trend in fireworks-related injuries. In fact, injuries related to fireworks increased 25 percent in the U.S. between 2006 and 2021, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In addition to bodily injury, fireworks start over 19,000 fires a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch professional displays. But if you are going to set off your own fireworks, our experts at the Grossman Burn Center at Memorial Hospital offer these tips to help keep you, and everyone around you, safer.

15 Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Quickly move away from fireworks as soon as they are lit.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at anyone.
  • Never hold lit fireworks in your hand.
  • Don’t light fireworks near any flammable structures or materials, such as bushes or houses.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case of fire.
  • Wear protective eyewear when using fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks in a container or indoors.
  • Make sure spectators are far away from the area where fireworks will be lit.
  • If any fireworks don’t work, don’t try to relight them. Douse them with water before picking them up and throwing them in the trash, just to be safe.
  • Never allow children to use any type of fireworks.
  • Keep young children away from sparklers. They may seem harmless, but they can burn at temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause serious burns.
  • Once fireworks are out, douse them with water before throwing them in the trash.
  • Never use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Only use legal fireworks that are labeled for consumer use.

Looking for safer ways to enjoy summer celebrations? Let the professionals wow you with their fireworks display and just sit back and enjoy the show. If you want some hands-on fun, consider giving out glow sticks or battery-operated light-up twirlers instead of sparklers. This way, you won’t have to worry about a trip to the emergency room ending your festivities.

About the Grossman Burn Center at Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital has partnered with the Grossman Burn Center to make the highest level of care for burn survivors available close to home. The Grossman Burn Center is renowned for its pioneering techniques that help burn survivors recover faster.

The center at Memorial includes a 7-bed inpatient burn unit, catastrophic burn care, pediatric intensive care burn services, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, in addition to an outpatient clinic. Having a larger unit offering this level of care in Bakersfield means more burn survivors can be treated locally, reducing the need to transfer to hospitals out of the area.

The Grossman Burn Center at Memorial Hospital is available 24-7 in our emergency room and the Robert A. Grimm pediatric emergency room. Any burn injuries that come into our emergency room will be seen by our team.  Outpatient burn care is available by appointment only and requires prior authorization.

To learn more about the Grossman Burn Center, please call 661.323.BURN (2876) or visit