It's that time of year again!
The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public venues conducted by professionals and not to use any fireworks at home. Some may be legal, but are certainly not safe. In fact, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires and 300 vehicles fires.
This Fourth of July, the city of St. Joseph and the St. Joseph Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe holiday by following these safety tips when using fireworks:
- Do not allow young children to play with fireworks.
- Older children should use them only under close adult supervision.
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Always use protective eyewear when lighting fireworks.
- Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves or grass and other flammable materials.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and to pour on fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.
- Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
- Never aim fireworks at people, animals or property.
- Do not experiment with homemade or illegal fireworks.
- Call 911 in case of an emergency.
Remember, sparklers are
dangerous. Considered by many to be safe for small children, sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees which is hot enough to melt some metals. They can quickly ignite clothing and children have suffered severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. Consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.
of the Code of Ordinances, fireworks with a report or that discharge projectiles are prohibited within city limits.