July 4th safety urged

Posted By | June 30, 2016 6:50 am

Last Updated: June 30, 2016 at 9:47 am

Celebrating Independence Day with fireworks is an American tradition, but Sparta Fire Department is warning residents of the dangers of setting off fireworks, if not done properly.

Chief Kirk Young states, “The Sparta Fire Department mission is to educate the public on the safe use of fireworks and encourages consumers to follow the following safety tips before engaging in fireworks celebrations this Fourth of July.”

The tips include:

-Obey all local laws regarding the use of 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. If you plan to consume alcohol as part of your celebrations, wait until after igniting fireworks.

-Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

-Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

-Do not hold a fireworks item in your hand.

-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 before you discard it.

-After purchasing fireworks, always store them in a cool, dry place.

-When using fireworks always have a connected hose, bucket of water, or other water source 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 place in a metal trashcan away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

-Ensure all pets and animals are away from fireworks noise.

-With the rise in stress-related disorders affecting American service men and women, pay special consideration to individuals who may be sensitive to loud noises in proximity to your fireworks show.

If fireworks do get out of control, call 911 immediately.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend public fireworks displays and leave them to the careful hands of professionals.

The Town of Doyle will be conducting their annual fireworks show Saturday, July 2, at nightfall, with Sunday, July 3 as the rainout date.

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