Top 5 firework safety tips
5. Animals have sensitive ears and fireworks can frighten them or cause them stress. Keep pets indoors during the show.
4. Donâ€™t make your own fireworks.
3. Donâ€™t pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
2. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display.
1. Obey local laws. If fireworks arenâ€™t legal, donâ€™t use them.
Consumer fireworks include sparklers and firecrackers. The tip of a sparkler is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
- Water boils atÂ 212 Â°F
- Cakes bake atÂ 350 Â°F
- Wood burns atÂ 575 Â°F
- Glass melts atÂ 900 Â°F
- Sparklers burn atÂ 1200 Â°F
In Arizona, it is legal for those 16 and older to purchase and use fireworks. However, the law allows cities to ban their use â€” and all the municipalities in the Southwest Valley have done so.
Avondale, Buckeye, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise and Tolleson have banned consumer fireworks; and Maricopa County temporarily restricted open fires, consumer fireworks and other sources of ignition within unincorporated areas of the county because of the wildfires raging across the state.
â€” Ronald Martin, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of fire prevention
By the numbersÂ
$38 million of property loss was caused by fireworks in 2009
8,600 injuries were caused by fireworks in 2010
73 percent of those injuries occurred between June 18 and July 18
2 out of 5 people injured by fireworks in 2010 were under 15