Fireworks safety tips offered

Staff Writer

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is providing the following fireworks safety tips to help residents keep the holiday safe, enjoyable and memorable:

  • Purchase fireworks from a licensed and locally permitted retail stand.
  • Use fireworks outdoors away from buildings on a flat, level, fireproof surface free from debris.
  • Read and follow all safety labels and instructions.
  • Have a water supply and water bucket available.
  • Light only one firework at a time. Never place any part of your body directly over a firework.
  • Never throw fireworks or light fireworks in your hands.
  • Never pick up or try to re-ignite a firework that fails to light. Never carry fireworks in your pockets or shoot them from a container.
  • Always have adults light fireworks.
  • Keep all fireworks including matches and lighters away from children.
  • Allow finished fireworks to sit for at least 20 minutes before submerging them fully in water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Dispose of drained products in a plastic bag. Keep all pets indoors and protected from the sights and sounds of the holiday.