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									Fireworks Safety Tips Factsheet
HS05-031B (6-09)
    Fireworks have become the main part of many cel-           Fireworks. The Consumer
ebrations such as, 4th of July and New Year’s. Consumer        Firework has 50 mg of explo-
Fireworks, also known as 1.4G Fireworks, are usually sold      sive material (about the size
at neighborhood stands during holidays. Display Fireworks,     of half an aspirin tablet), the
also known as 1.3G Fireworks, are used in larger commu-        legal limit. Any item contain-
nity displays run by licensed professionals called pyrotech-   ing more than 50 mg is illegal
nicians. The main ingredient in fireworks is black powder,     and should be avoided such
also known as gunpowder, therefore making fireworks            as Cherry Bombs, M-80’s and
dangerous. They are classified as hazardous substances         Silver Salutes, which were
under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. There are          outlawed by Federal Law. If
strict guidelines for the manufacture, transportation, and     seen being sold or used, call
storage of fireworks. Employers and workers who coordi-        the local law enforcement or
nate the commercial display of fireworks and retail sales of   fire service.
fireworks should always practice safety.
                                                                 • Always buy fireworks from an established retail out-
Display Operators                                                  let.
                                                                 • Always read and follow label directions.
  •   Make sure workers are trained and competent.
                                                                 • Always have an adult present.
  •   Obtain required licenses, permits, and inspections.
                                                                 • Only ignite fireworks outdoors in cleared areas away
  •   Maintain display site security and communications.
                                                                   from houses, buildings, dry leaves, and flammable
  •   Wear protective gear and proper clothing.
                                                                   materials.
  •   Eliminate accidental ignition sources.
                                                                 • Keep water handy for fires and emergencies.
  •   Properly install mortar boxes, racks, and drums.
                                                                 • Never experiment or attempt to make homemade
  •   Keep fireworks cartons closed.
                                                                   fireworks.
  •   Always handle fireworks carefully.
                                                                 • Light only one firework at a time.
  •   Stay away from loaded mortars.
                                                                 • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks; soak them
                                                                   in water and throw away.
Retail Fireworks Sales                                           • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Keep building exits clear and accessible.                    • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Know all exit routes out of the building or stand.           • Never throw fireworks at another person.
  • Maintain view of fireworks.                                  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Know alarm procedures.                                       • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Know fire extinguishers location and operation.              • Wear eye protection when shooting fireworks.
  • Remove and dispose of damaged fireworks.                     • After shooting them, soak fireworks in water before
  • Use only non-sparking tools; do not use vacuum                 putting them in the trash.
    cleaners.
  • Do not allow smoking within 50 feet of building and          This factsheet was published with information from the
    fireworks.                                                 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
  • Keep facilities secure.                                    American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) Alliance,
                                                               National Council on Fireworks, Consumer Product Safety
Consumers                                                      Commission, and the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI,
   Consumers who buy and use fireworks should always           Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).
practice safety when shooting them. Before using, learn
the local or county requirements for use of Consumer


            The Texas Department of Insurance,
      Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI, DWC)                            Safety Violations Hotline
         E-mail resourcecenter@tdi.state.tx.us                                     1-800-452-9595
      or call 1-800-687-7080 for more information.                        safetyhotline@tdi.state.tx.us

								
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