Fireworks Safety Reminders

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Setting off fireworks is a popular activity this time of year, and can be a fun time for family and friends, but safety remains the top priority.

Mike Burdette is doing a little holiday shopping with his sons Jake and Josh.

"We thought we'd try to stock up on some good fireworks for the weekend," Burdette said.

To prepare for the Fourth of July, Burdette comes to Eagle Fireworks in Marietta.

"We've got mortars. You stick them down in the tube and then they shoot up in the air and you have a big floral break. This is probably one of the best items that we sell every year," Robert Hamilton, a manager, said.

The store has basically any type of fireworks you're looking for, and you won't find any without the warning label.

"The main thing for us is safety," Hamilton said.

So before lighting up the sky, there are a few safety precautions to keep in mind.
Fire officials advise carefully reading all warning labels.
Also, light the items outside in a clear area away from any debris.
Never try to relight fireworks that have malfunctioned, and be careful setting them off around others; especially children.

"If there's children around, obviously they should be supervised at all times. Always have an extinguishment like a bucket of water, a garden hose or possibly a fire extinguisher nearby," Captain Tim Flinn with the Parkersburg Fire Department said.

"We just stay a safe distance away, and (I) try to point everything in the direction of where they're not gonna be," Burdette said.

Preparing for one night of fireworks, using safety guidelines with a shelf life of forever.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks caused seven deaths in 2008, two in 2009, and the hope is that this year that number will be zero.


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