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Fireworks Safety Tips Before the 4th of July

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June is Fireworks Safety Month, which makes sense when you figure how many people start stocking up weeks before the 4th of July. So we’re offering up a few basic safety tips.

I chatted earlier this week with the Bangor Fire Department’s Education Officer Jake Johnson about the basics. Here are a few items he and I discussed.


Photo, David McNew, Getty Images
Photo, David McNew, Getty Images
1

Know the Law

 
 

Since Maine voted to make personal fireworks legal, some people think that means they can set them off anywhere, anytime. Not true.

Each community has its own set of rules and regulations for fireworks. Some towns only allow them in certain areas. And most have a cut-off time at night when you have to stop.

If you don't know the laws, contact your local police department. They'll be happy to review the law with you!

 
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Photo, Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
2

Read the Directions

 
 

There are a lot of new fireworks on the market and you want to make sure you know how to operate them. Sometimes, it's not just a matter of putting fire to fuse and using them incorrectly could cause big problems.

Remember that old adage from grade school. Never assume because when you assume you make...well...you know the rest!

 
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Photo, Topical Press Agency, Getty Images
3

Keep Away from Kids and Pets

 
 

Children should never be near fireworks when you're setting them off. I mean, let's face it, kids are unpredictable. They could run in front of a rocket just as it takes off. And that could be disastrous.

Same goes for pets. They don't know what you're doing or that it's dangerous. Plus, animals generally HATE fireworks. Keeping them inside, in a quiet room, is a much wiser decision. And, if you're going to a fireworks demonstration, leave the dogs at home.

 
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Photo, Kirby/Topical Press Agency, Getty Images
4

All Fireworks Are Dangerous

 
 

Don't make the mistake of assuming that certain fireworks are safer than others. They all have their dangers, especially to children. Kids don't always have the best judgement. So, just because it's just a little single-fuse firecracker doesn't mean it won't blow off a little finger.

And sparklers are another issue. Every year, at the town fireworks, I see kids running around with sparklers and their parents are nowhere in sight. Bad idea.

First, sparklers get very hot. So if your child is running through a crowd of people, waving it around, they're very likely to hit other people with the hot tip. And it burns clothing and skin. I know. It happened to someone I know last year.

Second, it's a thin wire that your child could put an eye out with. Or fall on. If you must give them to your child, keep them close where you can supervise.

 
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Photo, Joern Haufe, Getty Images
5

Use Common Sense

 
 

It seem obvious, but it just isn't. Fireworks turn grown men and women into mischievous little kids. And that makes some a little stupid.

Don't modify your fireworks. It may be tempting to put them in a box (like in the picture), tie a bunch together, or stick a tin can on the end of one. You're just asking for trouble.

And if you get a dud, leave it alone. Don't pick it up or try to fix it. It may not be dead but just delayed. And if it's in your hand or pointed at your face, it could be disastrous.

 
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Michael Bocchieri, Getty Images
6

Avoid Dry Grass and Buildings

 
 

Finally, keep your fireworks away from dry grass and anything flammable. That includes where you set them off AND where they might land. And don't point them toward buildings.

Remember....fireworks begin with the word FIRE! If you do start a fire, call 911. Don't be proud or embarrassed. Better that the firefighters get ahead of the fire before it gets out of control.

Follow the rules, stay safe, and HAVE FUN!!

 

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