Should Churches Use Fireworks?
Consider the risks and use with extreme caution.
Should Churches Use Fireworks?

Church sponsored fireworks should be discouraged. The improper use of fireworks can result in death, amputations, and blindness. If you still plan to use fireworks, follow these safety tips:

  1. Children should never be allowed to use fireworks. For years, sparklers have been thought of as a firework device for children, but sparklers burn at high temperatures and can cause clothes to catch on fire.
  2. Launchers must be stable to prevent tipping over and engaging in a horizontal discharge. New requirements went into place in 1997 that govern the stability of launchers.
  3. Spectators should be positioned out of the range of fireworks. Fireworks can engage in erratic flight paths.
  4. Fireworks that do not function after being ignited should never be re-ignited. They should be doused and properly discarded.
  5. Notify the fire department of your plans, and take the necessary safety precautions to respond if a fire should occur.

For more help church safety issues, see these downloadable resources:Essential Guide to Managing Risk for Church Boards, Your Helpful Guide to Church Insurance, andSafe Youth Trips and Activities.

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