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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