Firework Safety Tips From Fireman Jeff

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.



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