The American Society for Surgery of the Hand urges the public to leave fireworks in the hands of the professionals. ASSH encourages individuals to attend public fireworks displays, which are monitored for firework safety by a local fire department, rather than setting off fireworks near or around the home. In general, holiday fireworks may be discharged from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m, however, you should check your local ordinance as it may further restrict fireworks usage. Contact your local fire department if you have any questions about fireworks practices in your locale.
Fireworks safety tips
- Never let children handle fireworks.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
- Use an outdoor open area with a safe distance from other individuals.
- Do not tamper with any fireworks devices or make your own fireworks.
- Only purchase and light 1.4G consumer fireworks.
- Light only one firework item at a time and do not try to re-light a “dud” firework.
- Have a fire extinguisher or a water supply ready in case of a fire.
- Do not use fireworks if it is windy.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks.
- Never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another individual.
Have a safe holiday!