This June has given us above normal temperatures and a lack of rain. As a result, a county-wide burn ban has begun. As we approach “fireworks season” things look like they will only get warmer and remain dry, thus adding to the fire risk.
So what can you do to discharge fireworks safely?
Regardless of the best advice, it is a given that legal and illegal fireworks are going to be discharged during “fireworks season.” So here are a few tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to avoid starting a wildfire or burning down a neighbor’s home as well as not injuring yourself and those around you:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
The absolute best thing is NOT to discharge fireworks at all. Instead head out with friends and family to one of the many public shows including the Haggen Family 4th of July and Blaine’s 4th of July Celebration.