Fourth of July fireworks safety tips - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fourth of July fireworks safety tips

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The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the National Council on Fireworks Safety suggest the following steps be taken to promote an injury and damage-free Fourth of July:

  • Purchase fireworks only from licensed retailers. State law requires retailers be licensed through the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Always remember that there is no such thing as a “safe firework.”
  • Only use fireworks outdoors and away from overhead obstructions, such as structural overhangs and trees.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid igniting fireworks near flammable materials, such as dry grass, shrubbery, or trees.
  • Children should never be allowed to ignite fireworks, nor left alone with access to them.
  • The use of alcohol should be avoided when using fireworks.
  • Safety glasses should be worn by those who will be handling and igniting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and move quickly away.
  • Have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never attempt to relight a “dud” firework. Wait at least 20 minutes before picking it up and tossing it into the bucket of water.
  • Avoid carrying fireworks in your pockets or shooting them into a metal or glass container.
  • Never experiment with “homemade” fireworks and avoid those who do.
  • Report illegal fireworks, such as those designated as an M-80 or “quarter stick.”
  • Always obey the local laws and ordinances regarding the use of fireworks.

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