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How to Use Fireworks Safely

Adrian González
Adrian González
Posted on June 28   |   Updated on July 6
A firefighter lights up a firework near a watermelon. Firefighters stand in the background taking photos.

A Denver firefighter lights up a firework near a watermelon to showcase the danger of explosives. (Andy Cross / The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The 4th of July holiday is approaching and I want you to celebrate safely, because unlike the watermelon in the photo above, you can’t just buy a replacement arm or hand at King Soopers. Our friends at the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control partnered with TNT Fireworks and other fireworks retailers ( adorably calling themselves “The Fireworks Bucket Brigade”) to share tips on how to use and dispose of fireworks.

🦺 Tips for Lighting Fireworks

  • Leave the big show to the pros —  stick to legal fireworks.
  • It’s cool if you’re enjoying a summer cocktail, just keep a designated sober adult around.
  • Fellas, this one’s for us: read and follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep spectators at a distance and don’t aim fireworks at anyone.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never approach or reignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time.

🚮 How to Dispose of Used Fireworks

  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, along with a  garden hose at the ready. Some fires cannot be extinguished with water alone.
  • Smoldering fireworks left in a trash bin can start a fire. Let them sit untouched for an hour to allow them to fully stop burning before cleaning up.
  • Dunk fireworks in water after use for at least 20 minutes, and overnight if possible. This also applies to fireworks that may have been lit but  don’t go off.
  • Fireworks are not recyclable, so put them in the trash.

Stay safe out there.

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