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So you might have purchased too many fireworks, is it time to put them in the trash? Of course not! If you practice proper safety and storage, you can save them until your next big bang.

Do fireworks have an expiration date?

This is a question that gets asked a lot. In short, fireworks do not have an expiration date. However, it’s up to you to store them and practice caution when you decide to use them.

Four Tips for Storing Your Fireworks:

To avoid fireworks from going off and causing surprise and possible injury, this is how you can ensure your fireworks are safe and usable when you need them.

  • Stay away from a storage facility. Why? They’ll most likely turn you away, even if you keep your fireworks sealed in a container. Speaking of containers, if you’re storing fireworks long-term, avoid using cardboard boxes.
  • Keep them dry. You want your fireworks to be as dry as possible. If gunpowder is exposed to moisture, it becomes unstable. If you find a firework that has been exposed to moisture, do not light it.
  • Avoid open flames. This sounds like a “duh” moment, but this also means keeping your fireworks far away from even the possibility of an igniting material. This means matches, cigarettes, gasoline, etc.
  • Make it impossible for children. This is one of the most important rules of proper fireworks storage! Like hazardous chemical products and sharp objects, keep fireworks far out of reach for children.

Don’t underestimate the power of proper fireworks storage. You’re not only saving fireworks for your next celebration, you’re also practicing safety!

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