Our Mission

The American Pyrotechnics Safety & Education Foundation is a 501 c(3) charitable organization focused on creating fireworks safety and education programs for youth. The goal of this education initiative Celebrate Safely, is to instill in young people an understanding of how consumer fireworks should be used appropriately, discourage the misuse of fireworks, and decrease the number of fireworks-related injuries in the U.S.

Learn About Fireworks Safety from Dr. Sparkz

Partnering with SOPHE
The Foundation recently joined forces with health educators around the country by becoming an affiliate member of The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), a non-profit international professional association with a diverse membership of health education professionals and students. SOPHE strives to promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through its membership, its network of local chapters, and its numerous partnerships with other organizations.

Leaving a Legacy of Safety

When the industry lost Michael Oetken, co-founder of J&M Displays, his family wanted to memorialize his passion for fireworks and dedication to safety. To keep his legacy alive, they urged friends & family to donate to the Foundation in his name. Others are encouraged to remember the Foundation in their estate planning. Learn more.


Be #SparklerSafe this July 4th - Prof. Sparkz Tips



Exhibiting at ASHA's Annual Conference

Foundation advocates Julie Heckman and Inez Tenenbaum meet with members of the American School Health Association at their convention in St. Louis. APA's Foundation is providing resources to educators to assist them in teaching young people to #celebratesafely -- efforts made possible by the generous contributions of APA members!