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Firework Safety Tips For The Fourth Of July

July 2, 2014, 12:35 PM by Kathleen Serie

Firework Safety Tips For The Fourth Of July

With the fourth of July just around the corner, many people plan on shooting off fireworks to celebrate the national holiday.

But with this activity, comes quite a bit of danger if certain measures aren't followed.

Setting off fireworks is an activity that many families really enjoy doing around the fourth, but with all of this fun, comes responsibility to keep yourself, and everyone around you safe.

It's no secret that this holiday and fireworks go hand and hand.

"To me, the best thing about fireworks is people getting together and enjoying a holiday. It's just a great time of the year,” Pyro City Fireworks Owner Kevin Lorenzen said.

But, there are very important safety tips that everyone needs to remember before lighting off any roman candles.

"First of all, children shouldn't be lighting them, if you get one that does not discharge or called a dud, don't try to re-ignite it. And I mentioned also the importance of not discarding your fireworks in a trashcan right away. Maybe soak them in a bucket of water to make sure they're totally depleted and they won't catch fire," Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Captain Grant Van Riesen said.

Another important tip to remember is to clean up all debris left over from fireworks.

"Just be a good steward to your community and realize that there's other people that have to pick up your mess if you leave a mess for them. And just basic littering rules and common sense and just being respectful to everybody that lives here," Captain Van Riesen said.

Lastly, it's important to check your local firework ordinances to make sure you are setting them off at an acceptable place and time.

Captain Van Riesen also advises to keep fireworks away from leaves, grass, buildings, and anything that can catch fire. He also says the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a professional show.

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