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The City of Columbus Fire Department encourages residents to observe the following safety tips:
• Do not allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.• Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials.• Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Even sparklers pose a hazard for children. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. • Only light one firework at a time.• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.• Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Immediately back up a safe distance after lighting fireworks.• Only use legal fireworks sold from Nebraska fireworks stands.• Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper as this is often a sign the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.• Always have a bucket of water and a charged water hose nearby in case of fire or other accidents. It is also a good idea to have a first-aid kit handy. • Never try to relight fireworks that have not ignited.• Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk of them running loose or getting injured.• Never mix the consumption of alcohol and the lighting of fireworks.• After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.