“Safe & Sane” is a designation for fireworks that are safe for the consumer, such as the sparkler in this AmperArt piece, & usually means they are legal to purchase & use.
I was surprised to learn that the term “safe & sane” is not a brand, as one would think (at least I did for the last 50 years), but rather a “stamp of approval” to denote the pyro safety factor. I was very pleased at this discovery, for it allows this AmperArt edition to be part of my slogan series in addition to celebrating the 4th of July, or Independence Day, in the United States.
Here’s what Wikipedia says:
The term “Safe & Sane” fireworks became popular in the late 1950s & 1960s as a way to describe those fireworks that don’t fly, travel or explode. For example, fountains, sparklers, snakes & smoke effects, ground spinners, snap pops & other novelty fireworks fit this description. However, firecrackers, rockets, roman candles, shells & other aerial effects are not usually considered safe & sane fireworks. The determination of what fireworks will bear the official “Safe & Sane” seal is determined by the state & city as every jurisdiction has its own specific definition of what are considered Safe & Sane fireworks under their laws & ordinances.
Of course, as kids we always managed to sneak in some firecrackers, rockets, roman candles, Piccolo Petes & other exciting, loud & dangerous pyros every 4th of July. Nearly got my toes blown off once, though.
Here’s some good advice:
Always keep a bucket of water nearby to completely cool down & extinguish your sparklers, spinners, fountains & other Safe & Sane fireworks. You are still working with pyrotechnic compounds which include gunpowder & require an open flame or other fuse-lighting method. After fireworks are dispatched, the remnants can remain very hot for quite some time & burn curious children’s fingers.