It’s almost time to light up the sky with fireworks and fire up the grill for the Fourth of July. But first … let’s talk safety.

The FDNY Smart guide has everything you need to ensure a celebration that’s both spectacular and safe.


Leave the fireworks to the professionals this July 4.

Fireworks are dangerous — and in New York City, they’re illegal. Each year, thousands of people are medically treated for fireworks-related injuries.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 15,600 fireworks-related injuries treated in emergency departments in 2020.

Possession or use of fireworks in New York is a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $10,000, imprisonment of six months, or both. Guilty persons are also liable for a civil penalty of $750.

  • Amateur use of fireworks can lead to serious burns, injuries, fires and death. Remember: Leave the fireworks to the professionals.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public show put on by professionals. Anonymously report the delivery, sale, use and/or storage of fireworks by calling 311.


Many people think sparklers are harmless fireworks that are safe for children to use, but THEY ARE NOT!

Sparklers can get VERY HOT, reaching temperatures between 1,200 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit at their tips when ignited. These temperatures are hot enough to melt gold and can cause serious burns and ignite flammable materials. Sparkler safety is crucial. Here are a few safety tips:

  • Always supervise children when they are using sparklers. Make sure they understand how to handle them safely and never allow young children to handle sparklers unsupervised.
  • Only use sparklers outdoors in open areas and away from buildings, trees and other flammable materials.
  • Encourage everyone using sparklers to wear closed-toe shoes and avoid loose-fitting clothing that could catch fire.
  • Light one at a time and make sure everyone keeps a safe distance from each other to avoid accidents.
  • Have a bucket of water or hose nearby to extinguish used sparklers. Dunk used sparklers into water immediately after they burn out.
  • Be cautious when using sparklers on windy days.
  • Encourage everyone to respect personal space and not wave sparklers near others, especially children or pets.

There are safe alternatives to fireworks and sparklers. Here are a few ideas to celebrate Independence Day with family, friends and neighbors.

Patriotic ways to celebrate Fourth of July with family, friends and neighbors.