Safety Tips

  • Fireworks can be set off 365 days a year in unincorporated Benton County. They can be sold from June 20th thru July 10th and December 20th thru January 2nd in the state and within unincorporated Benton County. Most cities have set more stringent requirements and if you live in an incorporated portion of the County you'll need to check your local guidelines for selling and setting off fireworks.
  • Fountains, novelties and sparklers are designed to throw off showers of hot metalic sparks in excess of 1200° Fahrenheit.
  • Risk of fireworks injury is highest for ages 5-14. Sparklers, fountains and novelties accounted for 43% of all firework related injuries in recent years.
  • Read these Sparkler Tips from The National Council on Fireworks
  • Download the NFPA Fireworks Safety Facts and Information Sheet
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."
  • Make sure that you have plenty of water on hand. (A hose or bucket).
  • Only use fireworks outdoors away from structures, this includes garages, sheds & barns
  • Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Avoid launching fireworks toward trees, powerlines, buildings, vehicles, etc.
  • Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • The shooter should always wear shoes that completely cover their feet since many fireworks spew flaming metallic sparks.
  • Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the County Fire Marshal or your local police.
  • To anonymously report fire issues that you witness, click here: Report Fire