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Before You Spark A Match... Keep Safety A Top Priority

By: Erin Pulsanti Email
By: Erin Pulsanti Email

Summer celebrations sometimes include fireworks- but before you send sparks into the sky make sure safety is the top priority.

"Starting with the 'sparklers'- anything more powerful, or above that is illegal in the state of Ohio. Now, you can purchase them, but you cannot extinguish them in the state of Ohio," explains Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Even though fireworks are sold legally in both Ohio and West Virginia- it is not legal to set them off in either state unless you have a license or permit to do so. Understanding the laws in both states is step one. Fire officials say, if you choose to set off fireworks that safety has to be your top and most important priority.

"Keeping a water supply near by is always a good idea just in case something may happen," explains Marietta Fire Department Lieutenant Larry Bargeloh.

If one of your fireworks don't ignite Lt. Bargeloh says it's best to leave it alone and not try to re-ignite it.

"If some don't go off try to use a water hose or pour a bucket of water on them, make sure they are saturated and wet," he says.

The Lieutenant says on of the easiest tips to keep safe are often one of the most over looked.

"One of the big recommendations from the Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office is to read and follow all the directions that come with the sparklers or any other firework that's purchased."

Following these tips could help make for a safe and fun summer.


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