Some 20 people die in fireworks-related accidents each year in the United States, Salt Lake Fire Marshal Ren Egbert said.
Egbert and other fire officials offer tips to help Utahns live to tell about their July holidays."If it flies more than 15 feet in the air, travels more than 10 feet along the ground or explodes, it's illegal," Egbert said.
- Keep a pail of water handy to extinguish small fires.
- Never use homemade fireworks.
- Light one item at a time and move back quickly.
- Discharge fireworks only on approved days of July 1-7 and July 21-27.
- Ignite fireworks outdoors and away from buildings and dry grass.
- Buy fireworks only from a reliable dealer.
The majority of vendors in the Salt Lake valley are legitimate and follow strict guidelines for selling fireworks, Salt Lake County Fire Capt. Dennis Steadman said.
"As a rule, if people buy their fireworks locally, they are legal in Utah," he said. Local vendors are inspected regularly.
Bottle rockets are illegal and cause most of Utah's holiday fires.
"Once that bottle rocket takes off, not only do you not have control of it, but you don't know where it will land," Steadman said.