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With holiday on horizon, fireworks safety stressed
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McMinnville Firefighters Association would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July.
Fireworks are an American tradition and they can provide hours of wholesome, family entertainment, but must be used by adults carefully and safely. To ensure the safety of both the audience and those lighting the fireworks, the firefighters association recommends you obey the following fireworks safety measures:
• Children Should Not Handle Fireworks – Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks. Fireworks should only be handled by adults
• Do Not Use Alcohol with Fireworks – Fireworks must be used by individuals who act in a responsible manner and who are not impaired.
• Follow the Laws – Do not use illegal explosives; do not alter any firework device; do not make your own fireworks. Use common sense at all times in handling fireworks.
• Use Fireworks on Proper Surface – Use fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface, not on grass or gravel. If you are using fireworks on grass, lay down a strong piece of plywood as a shooting surface.
• Use in Clear, Open Area – Make sure the area overhead is free from obstructions. Keep the audience a safe distance away from the shooting site. Watch out for dry grass, dry brush or any flammable items that could catch fire. Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
• Keep Clear of Fireworks – Never put your head or any part of your body over the top of any fireworks product at any time. Never look into a tube to check on the firework item. Never hold a lighted firework in your hand.
• Use Care in Lighting Fireworks – Always light fireworks products with an extended lighting device, a punk or a flare. Light the fuse only on the tip. Use a flashlight at night so you can see the fuse. Never use a lantern or other flame-producing device near fireworks for illumination.
• Throw Away Duds – Don’t persist with malfunctioning items. Never attempt to re-light, alter or fix any dud firework.
• Have Water Close By – Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water nearby. During any fireworks shoot there should always be someone assigned as the fireman, whose job it is to be alert and at the ready with a water source for emergencies.
• Take Wind into Account – Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during strong wind conditions. Light fireworks with prevailing wind blowing away from the spectators. If there is a wind shift during your shooting, you should stop or rearrange your shooting site to accommodate the wind shift.
• Never Use Fireworks as Weapons – Never aim, point or throw any fireworks at another person or at any property.
• Use Fireworks Outdoors – Never use fireworks indoors.
• Use Safety Glasses – Safety glasses are recommended for individuals lighting fireworks and those individuals in close proximity to fireworks.
• Use Caution Around Animals – Be careful with animals. Noise and lights of fireworks often frighten animals.