Captain Jeff Parsons, IFFD says to keep your neighborhood, your family and yourself safe when lighting personal fireworks this year, follow these simple rules.
- Always buy legal fireworks from a fireworks stand within your city limits.
- Light fireworks in an area with defendable space, like the street or a parking lot. Never light fireworks where brush or trees may catch on fire.
- Have a water source nearby. Make sure your garden hose is at the ready. And if you can’t put the fire out in 60 – 90 seconds…call the Fire Department immeditately.
And here are the safety tips from the National Council On Firework Safety:
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
- Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
- Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
- Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
- Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
- The National Council on Fireworks Safety invites you to celebrate our nation’s heritage on the Fourth of July, but celebrate safely.