The following recommendations are offered to use fireworks safely by the Office of State Fire Marshal, The Maine Forest Service, and Town of Windham

• A person may use consumer fireworks only on that persons property or on the property of a person who has consented to that use of fireworks on that property.

Consumer fireworks may be used in the Town of Windham with a permit on:

  • July 3rd, from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • July 4th, from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • December 31st, from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • January 1st, from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

• No person shall use, display, discharge, fire or cause to be exploded, consumer fireworks within 150 feet of any buildings or structures.

• Helicopters, Aerial Spinners, Skyrockets, Bottle Rockets, and Missile-Type Rockets are prohibited by State Fire Marshal rule.

• Users, and those in possession of consumer fireworks must be 21 years of age.

• Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, or grass and other flammable materials.

• Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies, do not handle fireworks that fail to go off. Use a long- handled shovel to scoop up the firework and immerse it in the bucket of water.

• Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

• Be sure other people and children are out of range before lighting fireworks.

• Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.

• Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.

• Always use fireworks according to the manufacturer’s directions and guidelines.

• Always use eye, ear, and hand personal protective equipment.

• Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.

• When use of fireworks is done, continue to watch the area of use to be sure that all fireworks debris is out and not smoldering or hot.

• Search any forested area adjacent to and downwind of the ignition site looking for hot or smoldering debris. Scan the forest canopy, as well as the ground. If a wildfire occurs as a result of negligence, then you may be responsible for fire suppression costs.

• In case of emergency, dial 911.

For more information please review the Town’s Consumer Fireworks Ordinance.