Fourth of July Fireworks Safety Tips
This Fourth of July, many people will be relaxing with friends and family while enjoying hamburgers, hot dogs, popsicles and all things Red, White and Blue. The highlight of the celebration for most is watching as multi-colored fireworks light up the night sky. Although fireworks are an exciting Independence Day tradition, it’s important to understand firework safety.
Leading up to the holiday, you may have seen fireworks for sale. But what are the Alabama fireworks laws? Let’s take a look.
- Fireworks are illegal in most of Alabama’s incorporated cities and towns – contact your local police office for more information
- Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult to buy fireworks
- A vendor may deny purchase to those who seem intoxicated or irresponsible
- You cannot set off fireworks within 600 feet of any church, hospital, public school, asylum or enclosed building
- You cannot set off fireworks within 200 feet of where fireworks are stored or sold
- Alabama’s summer firework season is from June 20 – July 10
What Types of Fireworks Are Legal in Alabama?
- Bottle Rockets
- Fire Crackers
- Roman Candles
- Smoke Bombs
- Wheels and Spinners
It’s important to understand that handling fireworks can be very dangerous and even deadly. In 2016, 11,000 people were injured and four people died from Independence Day firework accidents. If you are handling fireworks, it is important to take safety seriously to protect you and your loved ones.
Firework Safety Tips
- Only use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from flammable materials
- Carefully read and follow all instructions
- Don’t hold a firework in your hands
- Don’t stand directly over a firework when lighting it
- Keep a bucket of water nearby when lighting fireworks
- Don’t try to relight a firework if it doesn’t go off right away
- Always supervise children who are using fireworks, such as sparklers.
To be safe, consider going to a fireworks display that is organized by professionals.
Also, be mindful that many small children and pets can be irritated and scared by the many fireworks displays happening in your area. Make sure your pets have shelter inside and provide children with headphones or earplugs during the show.
We hope that you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July!