Update: UFA Issues Fireworks Warning Due to Upcoming Weather Conditions
July 1, 2020, Salt Lake City: The Unified Fire Authority (UFA) issued a fireworks weather warning today for the Fourth of July weekend and asks the public to take extra precautions when lighting fireworks during the holiday.
Weather for the rest of the week is predicted to be hot, dry and windy. Temperatures will be in the 90s, with winds between 20 to 30 mph and humidity as low as 10 to 15 percent. These conditions lead to a high risk of accidental fire starts from the usage of fireworks.
UFA urges the public to take every precaution when using fireworks during such conditions or to find legal opportunities to use them when these weather conditions do not exist.
Before lighting fireworks, UFA asks the public to review the interactive restrictions map found on unifiedfire.org and monitor the weather conditions to ensure they are doing so in an appropriate and legal area.
UFA also strongly encourages following the recommended safety tips:
Refrain from using any aerials if you are within 200 feet of an open area or grassy, brushy field
- Read the cautionary labels before igniting
- A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear eye protection
- Always have a bucket of water AND a charged water hose nearby
- Appropriately secure any aerial fireworks before lighting
- Never relight a dud firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in the bucket of water
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down or placing in the bucket of water and then throwing them away in a metal trash can the next day
June 22, 2020
Local Professional Fireworks Shows
Unified Fire Authority (UFA) advises the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. This year fireworks displays are being held that are conducive to social distancing. The Freedom Festival in Provo is offering three locations with displays on July 4 tailored to be viewable from a distance.
Legal Fireworks Regulations
Please be aware of regulations for the permitted use of fireworks as follows.
- Fireworks are prohibited in many areas of Eagle Mountain due to high wildfire danger. Enter your address in the Fireworks Restrictions Map. If your address is in a shaded red area fireworks are prohibited. Yellow areas are allowed. If you are in a newer residential development and can’t locate your address on the map, your area is restricted. If you are a resident in a restricted area: the asphalt parking areas at SilverLake Amphitheater (off of SilverLake Pkwy), Smith Ranch Park, and the rodeo grounds at Pony Express Memorial Park may be used to light fireworks. Please be sure to only use fireworks on the asphalt, not in other areas of the parks, clean up debris and dispose of fireworks safely. *Note – Pony Express Memorial Park may show restricted on the map but the city has consulted with the fire department and can allow use on the asphalt parking area only.
- Fireworks can be used July 2-5 and July 22-25, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (until midnight on the 4th and 24th), December 31, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Jan. 1, Chinese New Year, February 12, 2021, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. the following day.
- To ensure that you are using Utah state-approved fireworks, only use items purchased from an approved in-state vendor.
Fireworks Safety Considerations
- Always supervise children around ALL fireworks and similar products.
- Sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees and account for more than 25% of ER visits associated with fireworks. For children under 5 years of age that jumps to nearly half of all firework-related injuries.
- Ensure that you are on a paved and level surface, safely distanced from any spectators or fire-prone areas (dry unkempt vegetation, homes, vehicles, etc.).
- Always use eye protection.
- Always soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water for several hours before discarding.
- Never relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
- Never use fireworks while impaired.