Independence Day Fireworks Safety Guidelines

Fourth of July celebration [Photo courtesy CDC]

While many official fireworks shows were canceled across the state in an effort to try to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Fourth of July celebrations at home will go on.

If you do decide to use fireworks at home, consider following the important safety guidelines:

•Never light fireworks indoors.

•Always point fireworks away from houses, buildings, plants, fields, and other people to prevent hazardous fires and injuries.

•Never hold fireworks in your hand or place inside a container.

•Use fireworks as directed on their instructions, and avoid handling them too much as they may backfire.

•Fireworks are not toys and shouldn’t be used by children. Store fireworks out of reach from kids and only allow adults to handle them.

•Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes.

•In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately. Don’t ignore eye injuries or burns. Instead seek immediate medical attention.


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