American Pyrotechnics Safety & Education Foundation Urges Americans
to Celebrate Safely this Fourth of July

Bethesda, MD, June 26, 2018 – Fireworks are as American as baseball, hotdogs and apple pie.  Since the founding of our country, families have taken to their backyards and neighborhoods to use fireworks in celebration of Independence Day. 

“Sparklers have been an Independence Day tradition for generations, adding festive flair to July 4th celebrations large and small.  People of all ages, but particularly children, delight in their glittery trail of sparks and crackling effects.  However, because sparklers burn at a temperature of approximately 1,800° F, care must be taken to use them properly, especially around children,” said Julie L. Heckman, Executive Director of the American Pyrotechnics Safety & Education Foundation (APSEF). 

The Safety Foundation’s Professor Sparkz urges parents and children to be Sparkler Safe this 4th of July and offers simple safety tips to keep your festivities fun and youngsters safe.

“The Independence Day holiday is the most popular day of the year to celebrate with backyard fireworks so safety must be a top priority,” stressed Kevin R. Gilfillan, APSEF President.  It’s important that families take the time to plan their fireworks celebrations by selecting a safe location that is free of debris and has a flat level surface.  Additionally, make certain to read and follow all instructions for use and keep spectators at a safe distance.

The APSEF encourages consumers to observe local laws and be especially mindful of restrictions on fireworks usage in areas affected by wild fires or drought conditions.  Please be considerate of your neighbors as unexpected fireworks use can be traumatic for military veterans, families with young children, and pets.

The public can learn more about how to #CelebrateSafely by visiting the APSEF website: and by watching this brief animated safety video: https://www/ rukcqqXbcM&

Remember to be #SparklerSafe and #CelebrateSafely this 4th of July!

About the American Pyrotechnics Safety & Education Foundation

The APSEF 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.  Additional information about the foundation, including educational curriculum, videos and safety tips can be found on the APSEF website at





a new 501 (c)3 charitable organization, the American Pyrotechnics Safety & Education Foundation (APSEF) whose mission is to develop fireworks safety and education programs for youth including the history of fireworks, the science and engineering underlying fireworks, and the responsible use and potential misuse of fireworks.  “We believe it is imperative that fireworks safety is learned early in life with safety being the most critical component of the educational process,” said Michael Ingram, APSEF President.  We have engaged the expertise of the former Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Inez Tenenbaum to spearhead the development and distribution of age appropriate curriculum and resources to teach young people more about fireworks and fireworks safety.

The Foundation recently completed the development of educational curriculum kits for Grades 4th-8th and Grades 9th-12th and is meeting with state educators and teachers associations for their feedback and assistance in getting the curriculum formally adopted.   A series of brief animated videos, featuring Professor Sparkz have also been completed to accompany the subject specific curriculum content.  We are pleased to debut two of the animated videos addressing Safe Use of fireworks and how to recognize Legal vs. Illegal fireworks as we approach the Independence Day holiday.

“Safety is a top priority for all APA member companies and we are excited about this educational initiative,” said Heckman.  Our industry has gone to great lengths to increase the safety of our products and we are hopeful that this educational campaign will be warmly received by the school districts across the country to help instill a safe and responsible approach to all fireworks activities. 

The APSEF plans to launch its website later this summer and make available the educational curriculum, teachers’ guides and series of animated videos. 

About the American Pyrotechnics Association

The APA is the leading trade association of the fireworks industry.  The APA supports and promotes safety standards for all aspects of fireworks.  The APA has a diverse membership including regulated and licensed manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, importers, suppliers and professional display fireworks companies.  Additional information about the fireworks industry, facts & figures, state laws and safety tips can be found on APA’s website at