Be safe with fireworks this Fourth

Published 5:37 pm Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Fourth of July and the anniversary of our country’s creation is one of our nation’s favorite holidays. Who doesn’t love summer, the food, sports events, fireworks and a day off of work?

But every year thousands of people, many of whom are children, spend July 4 in the emergency room due to injuries related to fireworks.

First, know the law before shooting fireworks in your community. You could be fined for shooting them inside most municipalities.

If you are in an area where it is okay to shoot fireworks, please keep the following tips for the Alabama Fire Marshal in mind:

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 Marshal’s office.