Make a Safe Plan in Using Legal Fireworks This Year

Make a Safe Plan in Using Legal Fireworks This Year
Posted on 06/28/2018

By UFA Assistant Chief Mike Watson

Due to the wet spring, native grasses and bushes have grown at a phenomenal rate. These “ladder fuels” can spread fire to taller bushes and eventually trees. This increases the potential this year for fires within areas that interface with the city. Most of the tall grasses have cured and dried out, meaning the smallest of sparks can cause a devastating fire in our foothills, on our mountains and in undeveloped areas within the city.

Fires caused by fireworks are half of the potential problem. Injuries are common and in most cases are avoidable. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the most-injured body parts caused by fireworks are: hands and fingers (36 percent), heads and faces (22 percent), and eyes (16 percent).

Please be responsible with the use of fireworks this summer. Take the time to make a safe plan for the use of legal fireworks and discuss fireworks safety with your children. Be sure to follow your plan if you use fireworks on the 4th and 24th of July. This year, legal fireworks can be used two days before, the day of and the day after each of these holidays.

Cottonwood Heights has been very pro-active with fireworks ordinances. The reasons for these ordinances are three-fold: The first is safety for all of our residents. Fireworks are fun, but they are not worth personal injury. Second is the threat to the urban-interface areas within and to the east of our city. The cost of such fires can be phenomenal. The third reason for fireworks ordinances is to promote understanding of where in the city fireworks are allowed or banned and what types of fireworks are legal.

Check Unified Fire Authority’s website,, Salt Lake County’s website,, and the displayed maps at fireworks vendors’ locations to make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. Let’s all do our part to prevent injuries and urban-interface fires this summer.

Thanks, and stay safe.