The Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems (KCTCS) Kentucky Fire Commission encourages everyone to be safe this Fourth of July holiday and to carefully follow instructions when celebrating with consumer fireworks.

Safety should be top priority when dealing with explosives you have little to no control over, said Kentucky Fire Commission Executive Director Ronnie Day.

The holiday can also bring an increase in serious injuries.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries; 55 percent of 2014 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 38 percent were to the head. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.
Fireworks Safety Tips
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public displays; however, if you are having a home fireworks display in a non-banned county, here are some safety guidelines to follow:
  • Purchase fireworks from an established, reputable dealer.
  • Follow the manufacturer directions.
  • Have water available for extinguishment of discarded fireworks or an emergency.
  • Place legally purchased fireworks on a flat surface, clear of combustible materials and clear of all buildings.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep bystanders at least 25 feet away from fireworks.
  • Do not permit young children to handle or ignite fireworks.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Remember to stop, drop and roll if your clothes catch on fire.