• Last modified 1880 days ago (July 2, 2014)


Be safe on Independence Day

Director, Marion County
Emergency Management

Using fireworks on our nation’s birthday is American as apple pie. It is equally safe if a few and common-sense rules are followed.

The annual celebration is an exhilarating event that brings joy to everyone but also has the possibility to be hazardous. Preparing for a safe holiday is as important as preparing for all potential disasters. If you create a plan that everyone knows you will lessen dangers of the event and create a safe environment.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety has some tips for those of us who enjoy an explosive display:

  • Always purchase fireworks from a reliable source.
  • Use fireworks as directed on consumer product safety label; never alter products.
  • Observe local laws and use good common sense.
  • Have a designated person to organize and set off your family show.
  • A responsible adult should supervise all fireworks.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Never re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor trash can.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

Last modified July 2, 2014