Fourth of July Safety

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Provided by Prince William County Police

The Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office offers these safety tips in an effort to assist residents in preparation for the Fourth of July and additional festivities held throughout the summer:

  • Fireworks should only be used under adult supervision.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors on a driveway, sidewalk or other fire-resistant surface. Remember, fires are caused by careless handling of fireworks in areas exposed to sparks or live fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy in case sparks start a fire.
  • Be sure children around fireworks know to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches on fire.
  • Deposit sparklers in a metal container as they may be stepped on while hot or lost in the grass and
    stepped on while playing.
  • NEVER ignite fireworks during high winds where flying sparks can start a fire.
  • NEVER aim or throw fireworks at another person.
  • NEVER try to re-ignite fireworks that malfunction or fail to go off.
  • DO NOT wear loose clothing when using fireworks.
  • NEVER experiment or make your own fireworks.
  •  NEVER carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Pets may be frightened by the noise and lights of fireworks; keep pets inside or away from the area
    when in use.

For additional information on fireworks safety, visit

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
National Safety Council (NSC)
Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue—Leave-Fireworks-to-theProfessionals.aspx


Emergency: 911 * Non-Emergency: 703-792-6500 * Crime Prevention Unit: 703-792-7270


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