20 Firework Safety Tips
Velocity Zone Fireworks reminds you to celebrate safely and responsibly whenever you are using fireworks. Celebrating with fireworks is an American tradition that calls back to the days of our founding fathers.
Fireworks are a great source of family entertainment when used safely. Velocity Zone Fireworks recommends that you follow the safety tips below so that you enjoy your fireworks display in the safest way possible.
CHILDREN SHOULD NOT HANDLE FIREWORKS:
Never let children handle, play with or light fireworks. Only adults should handle and light the fireworks.
FOLLOW THE LAWS; USE COMMON SENSE:
Follow your local and state laws regarding possession and use of fireworks, and use common sense at all times. Read and abide all directions, cautions, labels and warnings on each individual fireworks item to understand performance and hazards before you use it. Use only fireworks permitted under the laws of your state or local jurisdiction in which you will be using or transporting the fireworks. There is no way we can know all of the laws. It is your responsibility to learn and abide by the laws in which you will be transporting and discharging fireworks.
USE IN CLEAR, OPEN AREAS AWAY FROM AUDIENCE:
Always keep the audience (particularly children) a safe distance from the launch site. Light fireworks in an open area away from buildings, vehicles, overhead obstructions and shrubbery. A minimum clear distance of 35 feet for fountains and other ground-based items and 150 feet for aerial items is recommended.
Avoid lighting fireworks where there is dry grass, brush, buildings or flammable items that could catch fire. Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers. Always use fireworks outdoors.
USE CARE IN LIGHTING FIREWORKS:
Light the fuse only on the tip. Position yourself as far from the product as possible and extend your arm out using an extended lighting device. This will keep you as far as possible from the fireworks item. Use a flashlight at night so you can see the fuse. Light fireworks and get away quickly. Respect fireworks; if used improperly, they can be dangerous and/or fatal.
HAVE A READY SOURCE OF WATER:
Have an accessible fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket/jugs of water nearby for
emergencies. A connected hose is best. During
any fireworks shoot, there should always be one
individual assigned to fire watch, whose sole
job it is to be at the ready, watch the trajectories of the fireworks and be alert with a water source for emergencies. Having water available is especially important during dry conditions or when there is dried grass or brush in close proximity.
USE CARE IN HANDLING FIREWORKS:
Use care in handling fireworks and do not drop them. Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket. Never smoke when handling fireworks. Keep fireworks in a closed container before you are ready to ignite them. Don’t allow anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol to handle or light fireworks.
Fireworks at people, animals, automobiles, or buildings.
Never use fireworks indoors.
RELOADABLE (MORTAR) RULES:
Never use a wet or damaged shell or launch
tube. Insert shell all the way into the bottom of
the tube, flat end down, arrow pointing up.
• Never force a shell into a tube. If the shell is
tight going into the tube, stop and clean your
• Verify that you are using the approved launch
tube for the shell you are loading.
• Use only one shell in a tube at a time. Wait at
least one minute after ignition before loading
another shell in the launch tube.
• Debris will remain in the launch tube after
each shot. Turn the tube upside down and
shake to remove debris. Sometimes a tool
must be used to remove remains in the tube.
• Never ignite a shell outside of a launch tube.
• Never take the shell apart.
• Never relight a fuse that fails to ignite.
• Never use PVC as a launch tube. PVC
material is too brittle and dangerous.
• Never put canister shells in cardboard tubes
unless provided by the manufacturer.
• After lighting the fuse, move a minimum of
20 feet from the launch tube.
HAVE FUN BUT PLEASE:
be responsible, be safe, protect hearing, use fire safety, clean up your trash.
DO NOT USE ALCOHOL OR DRUGS WITH FIREWORKS
Please do not consume alcohol when handling
and lighting fireworks. Fireworks must be used
only by individuals who act in a responsible
manner and who are not impaired by alcohol
or drugs in any way.
DO NOT ALTER OR MODIFY:
C Do not modify any fireworks device and do not use any firework for any purpose other than its intended manufactured design.
KEEP CLEAR OF FIREWORKS:
Never put your head or any part of your body over the top of any fireworks product at any time. Never look into a tube to check on the firework. Never hold a lighted firework in your hand. Keep as far from the fireworks as possible when lighting it. We suggest adding a longer safety fuse (sold separately) by taping it to the firework factory fuse to allow more time to get away from the lit firework and enjoy the show safely.
DO NOT USE MALFUNCTIONING OR "DUD" ITEMS:
Allow the dud firework to sit for a minimum of
15 minutes before approaching. Then pour ample amounts of water on the firework and allow to sit another 15 minutes before discarding the remains. Never attempt to light fireworks that did not function properly. This is dangerous and possibly fatal.
Be cautious of lighting fireworks during strong wind conditions. Light fireworks with the prevailing wind blowing away from the spectators, buildings, automobiles or fuel containers. Fire is a concern and very dangerous.
BE CAREFUL WHEN NOT USING FIREWORKS:
Keep them away from the launch zone. Sparks
from active fireworks can ignite idle fireworks
and cause injury. Cover unused fireworks or put them in a sealed container to prevent sparks from active fireworks inadvertently igniting idle ones. Do not store fireworks near water heater, furnace, stove or any other flammable source.
STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF FIREWORKS:
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place and secure from children. Dispose of fireworks properly by dousing them with water and placing them in a sealed metal trash container keeping the trash container outdoors. Never store spent fireworks indoors or near buildings, dry grass/brush, automobiles, fuel containers or flammable objects.
WEAR SAFETY GLASSES:
Safety glasses are recommended for individuals lighting fireworks and those individuals in close proximity to the fireworks or falling debris.
Be considerate of pets and animals,
neighbors, veterans, children, homes, wildlife
DO NOT TRANSPORT FIREWORKS ON AIRPLANES:
It is a violation of federal law to transport fireworks device or novelty on an airplane. Please respect the law and do not attempt to carry fireworks onto airplanes or transport them in luggage.