SAFETY TIPS ~ Follow your local city and State Laws regarding the display and possession of fireworks. ~ Permissible Fireworks & Community Restrictions In N.H. ~ Read the labels and follow them carefully at all times. ~ Adults should always be present when fireworks are being lit. ~ Don't drink and fire. ~ Buy your fireworks from a safe, reliable source. (Not out of the back of someone's station wagon) ~ Use your fireworks outside in an open area away from the trees, homes, and dry grass. ~ Don't ever carry fireworks around in your pocket. ~ Store fireworks safely, away from extreme heat, any fire hazard, children, or any source of accidental ignition. ~ A water source should always be handy. ~ Light one firework at a time, then get away! ~ Do not ever throw fireworks at another person. ~ Trying to re-light a malfunctioning firework is dangerous and stupid, give it fifteen minutes, then dispose of it properly. ~ Do not ever try to make your own fireworks The 4th Of July is coming, and you are fortunate enough to be in a state that allows Consumer Firework's! You want to put on your own display for family and friends. Where do you begin?! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 1: Set Up The Crowd: First you must set up a spectator area away from the firework's display. 80 Feet is the minimum for aerial fireworks. But for fountains and wheels, you can be much closer, (12 feet). So set up your display accordingly. If your planning on rocking your crowd with mortars and tubes, and 100 shot repeaters, keep them at the safest distance! Launch Zone: Level ground, no dry grass, no tree's, never up wind from the crowd, and away from any buildings are all musts for your display area where you will be lighting off your fireworks. Fallout: There should also be a large open area for any debris left from the fireworks you are shooting off to fall away from your crowd. This should be a large area, and nothing that could possible catch fire should be around this area. Set this area down wind from where you will be shooting off your fireworks. Also, clean up this area after you launch, and after the debris is given a chance to cool off. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 2: Choosing your Fireworks There are many different types of fireworks you can use in your show. If your looking for a big powerhouse show to excite the crowd, you'll need tubes, and aerial repeaters. If your looking to please a smaller crowd with smaller items, you can use Roman candles, helicopters, and fountains. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 3: Lighting Off Your Display Now comes the fun part! Pleasing your crowd! Depending on what type of show your doing you want to keep your crowd happy at all times. This means setting the show up, ahead of time, so that you are ready to quickly, but carefully, launch your fireworks off. You may want to start off your show with a slightly larger, eye catching item to set the tone, then move back into smaller things, then up into your mortars and tubes, and smaller repeaters. Always leave your biggest item for last, as your "Grand Finale"! It might be a good idea to have multiple lighters, and someone there to hold a flashlight at the fuse for you at all times. You may also want to get something slightly larger then a normal cigarette lighter to make it easier to light the firework and get away. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Step 4: Clean Up Never just leave the spent cases of your fireworks or the debris that has fallen from them laying around. Wait for them to cool off then clean them up properly. Also, it may not be a good idea to burn the garbage on a fire if you happen to be camping. There may be some left over powder in the casings that could cause sparks or even worse. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Remember to be safe, and please do not rely on our source to be your only source! Be careful at all times, lets prove to our State just how safe Consumer fireworks are so that they can some day be legal in all 50 United States of America !!!!

Fireworks Safety & NH Community Restrictions

NH Community Restrictions

If you live or want to enjoy your fireworks in New Hampshire, please click on the Community Restrictions list below to see which towns or cities allow fireworks to be used in their communities and which of those have restrictions. When in doubt, call the fire department, in the town you have questions about, to see if consumer fireworks are allowed to be used there.

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Fireworks Safety

Before putting on any fireworks show review and memorize these safety tips:

Follow your state and city laws. It is your responsibility to know your local laws and ordinances for fireworks. Safe handling of fireworks is important to create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Fireworks can be stored for long periods of time without degrading their performance if they are kept in dry conditions. Temperature is not a factor.

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  • Follow your local and state laws regarding the display and possession of Consumer Fireworks. Make certain to read and follow all directions and caution labels on each individual fireworks device.
  • NEVER allow children to handle, play with and or light any type of fireworks including hand held sparklers.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages before or while handling consumer fireworks.
  • Always light consumer fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface. When using a multi shot aerial device use cement blocks or plywood to barricade the device from tipping over and discharging into the spectator area.
  • Always shoot fireworks off in a clear unobstructed area away from power lines or overhead objects.
  • When using a multi shot tube device, allow at least 250' minimum distance between the discharge area and the spectators and inhabited dwellings.
  • Fountains can be discharged approximately 40' from the spectator area or an inhabited dwelling.
  • Never discharge/ use fireworks indoors or from an open porch/deck area.
  • Never use fireworks in windy / dry conditions.
  • Have a charged garden hose available and a bucket of water available.
  • Never extend your body over the device when lighting it. If the item fails to shoot, wait 20 minutes and then submerge the device in a bucket of water for ½ hour.
  • Never attempt to re-ignite, alter, experiment or fix any "dud" firework device.
  • Never point, aim or horseplay with fireworks.
  • Always store fireworks in a cool, dry location away from any heat sources. Store fireworks where children cannot access them.
  • Fireworks will startle small children, pets and neighbors. Ensure everyone's safety and common courtesy by advising everyone surrounding the discharge area that you will be discharging fireworks. You are ultimately responsible for discharging them safely and properly

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