Valley Fireworks > Safety Tips
General Safety Tips
  • Always read and follow label directions. Please treat fireworks with respect and use common sense. Lighting fireworks indoors, throwing them from automobiles and lighting multiple devices at the same time can lead to accidents and are not how fireworks are intended to be used.
  • Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type. Sparklers burn at temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Fireworks and alcohol do not mix. Have a designated shooter.
  • Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back to a safe distance immediately.
  • Light fireworks only in clear areas away from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Light fireworks only on a smooth flat surface.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Do not ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
  • When all else fails, use common sense. Respect fireworks and sparklers as the great American tradition they are, but also respect the fact that they must be used with caution.
Product Specific Tips
  Artillery Shells  
  • Never place any part of your body that you aren't willing to lose, over a mortar tube.
  • Never look directly into a mortar tube to check it.
  • If possible, avoid reloading mortar tubes that have just been fired. If you must reload a mortar tube that has recently been fired, turn the tube upside down first to dump out any hot debris that may be remaining in the bottom before reloading it.
  • The paper mortar tubes that are supplied with many shell kits should only be used with the number of shells that were originally contained in the kit. Fiberglass and black HDPE (high-density polyethylene) mortars are much stronger and longer lasting and should be used whenever possible.
  Multishot Cakes  
  • Remember ABC - Always Brace (or Barricade) Cakes. It is very important to secure your cakes to prevent any chance of a cake tipping over. This is especially important for the smaller 200 gram cakes. One method of doing this is to use duct tape (or construction adhesive) to fasten cakes to a piece of plywood or other large flat surface so that they are secure. Another method sometimes used is to place the cake you are lighting in a heavy duty 5 gallon bucket that is half full of sand. The sand provides stability for the cake and the bucket should contain any shots in the event of a tip-over or malfunction.
  Roman Candles  
  • Never hold a lit roman candle.
  • Roman candles should be staked or pressed into the ground. Used artillery shell mortar tubes also make good roman candle holders.