NEWS

Fire marshal offers tips on fireworks safety

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Missouri State Fire Marshal Randy Cole said that everyone choosing to use consumer fireworks should follow some common-sense safety practices to minimize the chance of injury or fire. Among these are:

- Always use fireworks under adult supervision;

- Read and follow instructions printed on the fireworks.

- Always keep water and sand nearby.

- Never light fireworks indoors; only use outdoors.

- Never try to make or alter fireworks.

- Never re-light fireworks that appear to have malfunctioned.

- Only light one firework at a time.

- Never allow young children to go near fireworks.

- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place. Don’t save fireworks from season to season.

- Never lean over the top of fireworks when lighting them.

- Tie long hair back, wear safety goggles and don’t wear loose-fitting clothing while using fireworks.

- Sparklers should be immersed in sand once they burn out — they are still very hot and can cause serious burns.

- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Always have a “designated shooter.”

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