Firework Safety Tips

Fireworks can bring joy and excitement, but they also carry potential risks. So, let's make sure to be safe by following important safety guidelines.

Here are some essential firework safety tips to keep in mind:

  1. Never allow young children to handle fireworks:
       • Fireworks should only be handled by responsible adults.
       • Keep young children at a safe distance and ensure they enjoy the show under close adult supervision.
  2. Older children should use fireworks under adult supervision:
       • If older children are involved, ensure they are supervised closely by responsible adults when handling fireworks.
  3. Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol:
       • It's essential to be in a clear and focused state of mind when handling fireworks to prevent accidents.
  4. Anyone using fireworks or nearby should wear protective eye wear:
       • Protect your eyes from potential debris by wearing safety glasses.
       • Make sure those near the fireworks display also wear protective eyewear.
  5. Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands:
       • Light fireworks on the ground and move away quickly to a safe distance.
  6. Never light fireworks indoors:
       • Always use fireworks outdoors in an open area, away from any structures.
  7. Only use fireworks away from people, houses, and flammable materials:
       • Choose a location that is far from any potential hazards to ensure the safety of everyone.
  8. Never point or throw fireworks at another person:
       • Use fireworks responsibly and avoid any behavior that may cause harm to others.
  9. Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting:
       • Follow the instructions for each firework and ensure you light only one at a time.
       • After lighting, move to a safe distance to enjoy the display.
  10. Never ignite devices in a container:
        • Fireworks should always be ignited on the ground or a stable, non-flammable surface.
  11. Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks:
        • If a firework fails to ignite, do not attempt to relight it. Wait for a few minutes and then soak it in water before discarding.
  12. Soak spent and unused fireworks in water before discarding:
        • After the celebration, soak all used fireworks in water for a few hours before disposing of them properly.
  13. Keep a bucket of water nearby:
        • Have a bucket of water or a hose readily available to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of a fire.
  14. Never use illegal fireworks:
        • Ensure that all the fireworks you use are legal and approved for use in Tolleson, AZ.

Use and Sale of Permissible Consumer Fireworks

Arizona Revised Statutes section 36-1601 provides the following expanded use/sale dates:

The use of permissible consumer fireworks as defined under state law is allowed: 

  • May 4 through May 6 of each year
  • June 24 through July 6 of each year
  • December 24 through January 3 of each year

The sale of permissible consumer fireworks as defined under state law is allowed: 

  • April 25 through May 6 of each year
  • May 20 through July 6 of each year
  • December 10 through January 3 of each year