Fireworks are Fun…
…when they don’t cause fires or injury
By Tara Behunin and Don Cobb
Though we are officially out of “firework” season in Utah, we’re sharing some firework information for the next time the season rolls around.
You’re clear to light fireworks three days before and after the Fourth of July and the Pioneer Day celebrations on July 24. Therefore, the firework fun officially ends July 27. Of course, that doesn’t mean a few folks aren’t still lighting them off. Fireworks are fantastic for celebration and are a true summer staple. The key to keeping fireworks fun is practicing common sense, responsibility and safety. Here are some tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and placing them in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- In compliance with FAA regulations, never transport fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
Remember to keep an eye on children around fireworks. Sparkler sparks can jump and burn little arms and hands. Also, watch your pets: The loud, sudden noises can cause them to panic. Make sure everyone is wearing footwear to avoid stepping on hot embers. Be thoughtful of your neighbors, too. Shooting bottle rockets at your neighbors’ roofs or blowing the lids off mailboxes is not considerate and is also illegal.
Check your local area firework restrictions here and have fun this summer!
Tara Behunin is a community support liaison with the Division of Emergency Management.
Don Cobb is an exercise officer, also with DEM.
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