Fire Prevention Office Warns About Fireworks
For optimal safety, attend professional fireworks displays rather than setting your own. If you intend to purchase fireworks, it is recommended that fireworks be purchased from licensed vendors in Arlington County; permitted vendors will only sell items that meet Arlington Fire Code requirements.
Fireworks that are projectiles, explode, emit flames or sparks to a distance greater than twelve (12) feet are prohibited by Arlington County. Individuals in possession of illegal fireworks could face prosecution. For further information, contact the Arlington County Fire Prevention Office at 703-228-4644.
Find out which fireworks are permitted in Arlington: 2012 Fireworks Code
Safety Tips from FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration:
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers, considered by many the ideal "safe" firework for the young, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing. Children cannot understand the danger involved and cannot act appropriately in case of emergency.
- Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never shoot a firework at or near another person.
- Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
- Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
- Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.
- Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
- Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
- Store fireworks in a dry, cool place. Check instructions for special storage directions.
- Observe local laws.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
- Don't experiment with homemade fireworks.
Additional information on firework safety is available from the National Fire Protection Association and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.