Safety Solutions For A Fun Filled 4th Of July - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/4/05

Safety Solutions For A Fun Filled 4th Of July

More than 9,000 people are treated for fireworks releated injuries each year. But, most of those injuries could've been prevented by following simple safety steps.

  • Only shoot fireworks off in a clear, open area.
  • Avoid lighting fireworks near dry grass or brush.
  • Never let children handle or light fireworks.
  • Only light one firework at a time.
  • Do not use malfunctioning items.
  • If a firework fails to ignite, let it stand for five minutes, then immerse it in water before throwing it away. Always have water close by in case of fire.

Fireworks do not have an expiration date and can be used for years to come, if you store them properly.

"As long as you keep them dry and cool, you can use them next year if you like," said Joel Willman, Manager of TNT Fireworks.

Do not store fireworks near anything that may produce heat like a water heater or washer and dryer. And remember, it is illegal to store fireworks or shoot off fireworks in the city limits. You can legally set off fireworks outside city limits but make sure you get permission from the property owner first.

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