Fireworks Safety for the 4th of JulyEvery Fourth of July, we as a nation celebrate our independence – our separation from tyranny, and the belief all men are created equal. We do this by grilling food, spending time with friends and family, and igniting dangerous amounts of powdered chemicals in brilliant colors. We look forward to it every year, some spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, not satisfied with the professionals and wanting to have our own fun.

Did you know there are specific laws governing the use of fireworks in the state of Ohio? Do you know how dangerous they can be? Below are the laws and some safety tips for you to have a proper Independence Day.

OHIO FIREWORKS LAWS

  • You may only purchase fireworks if you are above the age of 18.
  • You may only purchase fireworks from a licensed manufacturer or licensed wholesaler.
  • Once you purchase fireworks, you must take them out of state within 48 hours. You are required to sign a form stating you will comply with the aforementioned law. This form is commonly referred to as the “Liar’s Form” due to the large amount of Ohio residents who never comply.
  • Failure to comply with the law may result in a 1st degree misdemeanor and a $1,000 fine and/or six months imprisonment.
  • The only legal fireworks are: party poppers, sparklers, snakes, snaps, and smoke balls.

* Sources: Ohio Revised Codes 3743.45, 3743.63, & 3743.80.

FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS

  • Never use any fireworks indoors.
  • Never drink and firework. Bad things tend to happen, and usually end up with you in the emergency room – or YouTube.
  • Never “make” your own types of fireworks. See above for reasons why.
  • Never leave children alone with fireworks.
  • Never “shoot” fireworks from containers.
  • Never carry lit fireworks on your person.
  • Wear the proper personnel protective equipment (PPE). No loose clothes, protective eye wear, and thick gloves.
  • Read the warning labels and directions before you use any fireworks. Don’t treat the instructions as iTunes’s Terms and Conditions.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and/or ample amounts of water in close proximity.
  • Report anyone who is misusing fireworks to the proper authorities.
  • If you are viewing a fireworks show, stay within the boundaries set by authorities.

Remember, it’s a national holiday. Have fun, and stay safe!