Fireworks injury

This page has information about what to do if someone is injured by a firework.

Fireworks safety


Sparklers can be very dangerous and should never be given to children under five.

Never hold and light more than one sparkler at a time. It can cause a super ignition with extremely hot embers that can cause serious burns. 

Supervise children five years and older and make sure they hold them at arms length. 

Dispose of used sparklers in a bucket of sand or water. 

Dud fireworks

Never inspect or relight a dud firework as it may still go off and cause serious injury.

Keep away from a firework that didn't ignite for 15 minutes, then pour water on it.

Burn injury from fireworks

You should do all of the following:

  • remove the person safely from where the heat is
  • removing their clothing to help heat escape - if their clothes are stuck to the skin leave them on
  • cool the burn immediately by submerging in cold water or put the person under running water such as the shower for 15 minutes
  • never use ice, oil, butter or ointment on the burn
  • cover the area with cling wrap
  • keep the person warm
  • get medical help for burns larger than a postage stamp and all deep burns need urgent hospital treatment. 

Eye injury from fireworks

If someone gets small, loose specks in their eye, do all of the following:

  • do not rub the eye
  • wash the eye with a gentle stream of saline or clean water, or let tears wash the speck out
  • if the object is on the white of the eye remove it using the corner of a clean, moist cloth, cotton bud or tissue paper spear
  • do not try to remove an object from the coloured part of the eye - wash it with saline or clean water and get medical help if this doesn't work.

If there is a cut or puncture to the eye or eyelids or objects penetrating the eye, do all of the following:

  • do not wash out the eye with water or any other liquid
  • do not try and remove an object that is stuck
  • do not give the person anything to eat or drink
  • get urgent medical help.

Last updated: 13 May 2016


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