Fourth of July fireworks safety tips and the law

The 4th of July is almost here. One of America’s biggest and favorite holidays, Independence Day is always a time for massive displays of patriotism and national pride.

The holiday is a perfect time for friends and family to get together and even though celebrating America is fun, it can also be dangerous. Always remember, family safety comes first.

Here are a few 4th of July safety reminders to help keep yourself and your family safe during the holiday:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

According to state law, on July 3 and July 4, fireworks can be used from 10 a.m. through 1 a.m.

Please remember: firing a gun into the air in a celebratory fashion is against the law. Every year there are reports about innocent people maimed or killed by stray bullets randomly shot into the sky. There are state and local codes and ordinances forbidding this behavior and making those guilty subject to prosecution.