Fireworks are a traditional and enjoyable part of most Fourth of July celebrations but certain precautions are necessary to ensure safe holiday fun.
The following list of safety tips was compiled from information received from several local fireworks vendors:
• Only use fireworks in an area that's free of anything combustible such as dry grass, wood shingles, etc. Preferably, use them on a level, hard surface such as concrete.
• Always have a water source close by, like a garden hose or bucket of water.
• Never fire a firework while holding it in your hand. Fireworks like Roman Candles should be placed on the ground in a bottle.
• After the firework is burned out, let it cool down for a few minutes and then submerge it in a bucket of water, using something like barbecue tongs to pick it up.
• Never approach a firework immediately after lighting the fuse even if it appears to be a “dud.” Tube type fireworks should be turned upside down with a rake or broom before being picked up.
• Always report any fire to 911, no matter how small. A small fire can become a big fire in a very short amount of time.
Celebrate wisely and have a safe and happy Fourth of July.