New Hampshire Fireworks Safety Tips

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Department of Safety—Office of the State Fire Marshal encourages everyone to celebrate safely when using permissible consumer fireworks.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day in a typical year, and fireworks account for half of those fires.

In New Hampshire, there were 51 fireworks related injuries treated in New Hampshire between 2012 and 2014 costing a total of $194,461, according to data obtained for the NH Department of Health & Human Services.

The Fire Marshal's Office recommends attending public fireworks sponsored by your local community if you wish to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks. The displays are set up by trained and licensed professionals, in addition to being inspected by public safety officials.

If you are planning to celebrate with your own permissible consumer fireworks, the Fire Marshal's Office would like you to follow the "three B's."

"Be Prepared"

  • Purchase only New Hampshire Permissible Fireworks, available at licensed retail stores throughout the state.
  • Purchase ONLY the quantity that you will use.
  • Permissible fireworks can ONLY be displayed on property that you own or have written permission from the landowner.
  • Contact your local fire department to check the daily forest fire weather forecast or if outside burning has been prohibited.
  • Have a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby in case of an unanticipated fire.
  • Create a clear level surface to display your permissible fireworks away from things that can burn or easily ignite.
  • Call 911 immediately in the event of a fire or medical emergency. Don’t wait!

"Be Safe"

  • Adults 21 years of age or older are the only ones allowed to possess and display permissible fireworks.
  • Always wear eye and hearing protection and gloves.
  • Always read and follow the safety directions provided on each firework device or package and ask the store for additional information.
  • Light only one device at a time and move away quickly.
  • Keep all spectators at a safe distance.
  • Display permissible fireworks only outdoors, away from anything that can burn or easily ignite.
  • Be considerate of your neighbors, family pets and the environment. You can be held liable for damages to another’s property.

"Be Responsible"

  • Clean up all debris when you are finished.
  • Devices that do not fire or discharge once they are lit are very dangerous; if a firework device does not fire or discharge, keep away for at least 15 minutes or more, then ensure that it has been filled with water or placed in a bucket of water.
  • Always make sure that unused fireworks, matches and lighters are secured and out of the reach of children.

For information on restrictions in your community, visit the New Hampshire Department of Safety website.

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