Evansville Fire Department Shares Advice on Fireworks Safety!
The 4th of July is coming up, and since it falls on a weeknight many will be celebrating this weekend. Make sure you celebrate safely with these tips!
The Evansville city Council recently tweeted out some information from the Evansville Fire Department. EFD teamed up with the National Safety council to share concerns about fireworks. They also shared some warnings!
The main warnings were about sparklers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, and M-class fireworks. They said that these all cause numerous injuries each year, you can read more about that, here. And something interesting the document stated about M-class fireworks the National Safety Council says "just don't," and here's why:
You hear them go off every year: M-80s, M-100s, even M-250s. The unmistakable explosions associated with these devices can rattle the windows of homes for blocks. They are produced illegally and without quality control, have short fuses and cause hundreds of extremely severe injuries each year.
They also listed a few things about how to safely handle legal fireworks:
Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
Never allow young children to handle fireworks
Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
Never light them indoors
Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
Never ignite devices in a container
Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire"