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Posted on: July 3, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Fireworks Safety Tips

Using fireworks on our nation's birthday is as traditional as cookouts and parades. But with the fireworks fun also come potential injuries. Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety and the City of Columbus encourages residents to observe the following fireworks safety tips:
• Parents should not allow young children to handle fireworks, and should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
• Have a Designated Shooter for the fireworks and make sure he/she reads the caution label before igniting.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
• Do not hold a firework in your hand unless specifically stated in the caution label.
• Never shoot fireworks off in metal or glass containers.
• Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
• Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials.
• Always have water ready, both in a bucket and in a charged hose, if you are using fireworks.
• Only light one firework at a time.
• Never try to relight a "dud" firework.
• Used fireworks should be soaked with water and placed in a nonflammable trash can outside, several feet away from a house, garage, deck area or anything else flammable.
• Do not use homemade fireworks, professional fireworks or illegal explosives; only use legal fireworks sold from Nebraska fireworks stands.
• Report illegal explosives, to the Police or Fire Department.
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