This 4th of July, we’re asking everyone to be safe and play it smart. Not only can fireworks cause serious physical harm, they can also spark a fire… something Arizona does not need right now. That said, if you’re going to light up, so to speak, we’ve included safety tips courtesy of The National Council on Fireworks Safety, so you can stay safe this holiday weekend.
FYI, check with your local government to make sure fireworks aren’t restricted in your area… due to the windy and dry conditions out there, some municipalities are putting a halt to the use of fireworks…
The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers the following safety tips:
* Obey local laws.
* Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens using fireworks.
* Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks; only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
* Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
* Always have water nearby (a hose or a bucket).
* Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
* Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
* Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
* Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
* Do not ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives. They can kill.