Fourth of July and Pioneer Day celebrations complete with fireworks is fast approaching. Though fireworks bring an element of excitement, they are also a fire and safety hazard. Now is a good time to review safety tips, discharge dates and local restrictions before the festivities begin!
Nearly 75 percent of fires this year have been man caused. Review the 2017 local fireworks restricted and non-restricted areas here. (The list of fireworks restrictions is not comprehensive. Check with your local fire authority to see if the use of fireworks is allowed in your area).
Safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them
- Always have water handy – a hose or buckets of water
- Never re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
- The person lighting the fireworks should wear safety glasses
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix! Have a “designated” person light fireworks
See the more here.
Class “C” fireworks can be sold June 23 through July 27 and discharge July 1-7 and July 21-27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. unless otherwise noted. See additional information here.