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Fire marshal reminds everyone to practice safety with fireworks

1. Use common sense and obey the law:

Do not discharge fireworks within 600 feet of any enclosed building.

Do not shoot fireworks into or from a motor vehicle.

Do not shoot fireworks toward people.

2. Children below the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult when purchasing or using fireworks.

3. Use fireworks in a clear, open area with an ample water supply and fire extinguisher on hand.

4. Always light fireworks on a hard flat and level surface to ensure stability.

5. Use care in lighting fireworks and keep clear of the fireworks.

6. Never attempt to re-light, alter or repair any firework item that does not ignite the first time.

7. Never carry fireworks in your pocket or on your person.

8. Wear safe clothing and safety glasses.

9. Do not use alcohol while enjoying fireworks.

10. Pay attention to the weather conditions.

11. Be sure your fireworks are legal and purchased from a reputable dealer that has been inspected and permitted by the Alabama State Fire Marshals office.

Fireworks are one of the oldest traditions that we use in celebrating the Fourth of July. As beautiful as they are, these tiny explosives can cause serious damage to not only people but also to property.

State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk said he is happy that this year has been wet enough for people to get to enjoy their fireworks, but he would like to warn that there are many dangers that come with fireworks other than setting something on fire.

“Last year, there was one fireworks-related fatality and numerous injuries in Alabama related to the use of fireworks,” Paulk said. “There was also considerable damage to residences, businesses, timber, crops and automobiles from the careless or illegal use of fireworks. We can better avoid these types of occurrences if everyone follows some basic rules.”

When shooting fireworks, it is important to keep the safety of those around you in mind. As an adult you want to make sure that you follow all of the directions on each individual firework to make sure that you cut the possibility of injury down.

By law nobody is allowed to shoot fireworks within 600 feet of any structure, motor vehicle or massive body of trees.

“If you use common sense when shooting fireworks, then you should be able to enjoy your fireworks show without any injuries to you or your family and without having to face penalties for breaking the law,” Paulk said.

Paulk along with our local law enforcement are hoping that everyone has a safe enjoyable Fourth of July, but say they are ready to come to the aid of anyone who needs them during the holiday.