Firework safety tips

Photo Credit: flickr / bayasaa, Photo Date: July 2008
Photo Credit: flickr / bayasaa, Photo Date: July 2008

ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) Angola City Fire and Police Department remind everyone to enjoy fireworks in the safest way possible.

The Angola Fire Department suggests people attend fireworks presented by trained professionals. However, if someone is purchasing fireworks for private use the department urges people to take safety precautions.

The Angola Fire Department has these tips for firework safety:

  • Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks.
  • Always purchase your fireworks from reliable, licensed firework dealer.
  • Use in a clear open area. Keep audience a safe distance away from the shooting sight.
  • Safety glasses are recommended for those individuals lighting fireworks or those/ in close proximity to the fireworks.
  • Do not alter any fireworks device or make your own fireworks.
  • Only light on firework at a time.
  • Never attempt to relight, alter, or fix any “dud” firework.
  • Have a fire extinguisher, water hose or a bucket of water nearby at all times
  • Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during strong wind conditions and light fireworks with prevailing wind blowing away from the spectators.
  • Never smoke when handling fireworks
  • Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Use fireworks outdoors and never indoors

According to a report from Indiana Homeland Security, in 2012 36% of all firework-related injuries in Indiana involved children and adolescents. Of these injuries most of cases reported burn injuries with burn to the hands being the most common type of burn injury.

As part of Indiana State Law, fireworks may only be purchased by people age 18 and older. Fireworks can be set off from 9 a.m. until 12 a.m. on four days of the year: Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, and New Year’s Eve. Every other day of the year, fireworks have to stop going off at 11 p.m.

 

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