BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The State Fire Marshal shares a fireworks safety guidance ahead of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

The State Fire Marshal (SFM) said it encourages families to watch public fireworks displays rather than creating their own for safety reasons. Over 200 people on average visit the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries around the Fourth of July, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Fireworks safety tips from SFM:

  • Detonating devices at least 200 feet away from structures, vehicles and rubbish
  • Never allowing children to light fireworks
  • Never operating fireworks while impaired
  • Lighting devices one at a time and monitoring embers released with a bucket of water or hose nearby
  • Discarding detonated items by wetting them down to prevent reignition and not disposing of them in a trash container immediately

For the 2022 Fourth of July season, SFM said more than 500 retail fireworks permits have been issued. Officials urge those buying fireworks to make sure they’re shopping from a permitted stand.

Suspicious or illegal firework sales can be reported to SFM by calling 1-800-256-5452 or visiting lasfm.org.