Fireworks Safety Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

Fireworks are entertaining during celebrations, but they present a danger from the time they are made. Your students will learn about fireworks safety as they read a lesson, create posters, and act as OSHA inspectors.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the purpose of OSHA
  • describe potential hazards in the firework industry
  • discuss the safety tips for firework manufacturers


1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.


  • Copies of the Fireworks Safety & OSHA Standards text lesson, one for each student
  • Copies of the lesson quiz
  • Small poster boards or legal-size printer paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Projector
  • Transparencies of material data safety sheets for chemicals used in fireworks


  • Start this lesson by asking your students to tell you some of the jobs that they think are dangerous.
  • Tell your students that there is another industry that people do not often think about much that can be very dangerous if certain precautions are not taken. Let your students know that they are going to learn about safety precautions for the firework industry as they read the Fireworks Safety & OSHA Standards text lesson.
  • Pass the text lesson out to your students and read it together as a class by having different students each read a paragraph.
  • Start the reading at the beginning and continue through the end of the 'Firework Safety and OSHA Standards' section. Then, ask and discuss the following:
    • What does OSHA stand for?
    • What prompted OSHA to join the other agencies that regulated the firework industry?
    • What are the other three agencies that regulate the firework industry?
  • Continue the reading through the end of the 'Process Safety Information' section; then ask, discuss, and do the following:
    • What is the purpose of the PSM?
    • What information did the PSM require that the firework industry provide?
    • Project the transparencies of the material safety data sheets. Explain the information on the data sheets and ask your students questions about the information on the data sheets.
    • How frequently does a Process Hazard Analysis need to be updated?
  • Continue the reading through the end of the 'Ten Safety Tips for Firework Manufacturers' section; then ask and discuss the following:
    • What is the best way to prevent accidents in the firework industry?
    • Go through each safety tip and have your students explain why they think each tip is important and how it helps to prevent an accident.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' to your students and answer any questions they may have at this point.

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