Utah fireworks laws changed this year, making fireworks more accessible to the public. Fireworks are legal from from June 26 – July 26 and some types of aerial fireworks are now legal for home use. With these changes we thought we’d remind you of a few common sense safety tips, take from here, the Utah Department of Public safety.
- You must be at least 16 years of age to handle or light fireworks.
- Fireworks need space from trees, carports, structures, or other obstacles. Aerial or “cake” fireworks need at least a 30 foot bubble of clearance around on the ground and above in the air. Some need as much as 150 feet clearance in the air.
- Should a firework misfire or not light, do not attempt to re-ignite.
- Children in Utah are burned each year by sparklers. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
- Children under the age of 12 should not use sparklers without very close adult supervision. Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time.
- Hold a sparkler at arm’s length from your body and do not wave sparklers or run while holding sparklers. Stand at least 6 feet from another person while using sparklers.
- After a firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.