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Fireworks: Be Prepared, Be Safe, Be Responsible

Published Thursday Jul 2, 2020

Fireworks: Be Prepared, Be Safe, Be Responsible

Because the sale and use of certain permissible fireworks is legal in the state of New Hampshire, it is important to address the rules and safety considerations. The NH Division of Fire Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal, recommends following the “Three B’s” for safety: Be Prepared; Be Safe; Be Responsible.”

Be Prepared

  • Know the laws. You must be 21 years of age to purchase, possess and use permissible fireworks in the state of New Hampshire. You must be on your own property or have written permission to use someone else’s property or be in the landowner’s presence. You must also follow local ordinances, which may have further restrictions on fireworks use in your area.
  • Do your research. Make sure you are using New Hampshire permissible fireworks. You should only purchase fireworks from a licensed retailer, where sales associates are trained to answer your questions. Follow all manufacturer safety instructions and if you have questions, ask your retailer for help.
  • Prep your area. Call your local fire department to check on current fire danger conditions. Make sure there is enough space from structures and make safety preparations, such as having a fire extinguisher, hose and buckets of water nearby.

Be Safe

  • Protect yourself. Always wear eye and ear protection, gloves and clothing that cannot easily ignite (e.g. no nylon).
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance. Each firework device has a specific safety distance listed in its instructions. All fireworks should be set off outdoors and away from anything that can burn or easily ignite. Light only one device at a time and move away quickly. 

Be Responsible

  • Be considerate. Not everyone enjoys fireworks. Veterans, pets, livestock or your neighbor may not appreciate the sounds and effects of fireworks. Check with neighbors before making any plans for firework activity.
  • Stay cautious. Devices that don’t fire are extremely dangerous. If a firework does not discharge, keep away for 10 minutes or more, then ensure that the firework has been filled with water or placed in a bucket of water.
  • Clean up. Clean up firework debris when finished. Make sure any debris or items used to light fireworks (matches, lighters) are secured and out of the reach of children.

 For more information regarding fireworks safety, vist Safe Kids.

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