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Independence Day! What could be more traditional than fun in the sun, parades, …

Independence Day! What could be more traditional than fun in the sun, parades, barbeque, The Fourth at Firestone and fireworks! For so many of us nothing finishes off a 4th of July celebration than fireworks. Laying on the cool grass in the park listening to the bangs, pops, oohs and aahs as the fireworks explode with vibrant color against the night sky.

Before you start celebrating we want to remind you that in Firestone the only time you can ignite fireworks is on the 4th of July. The only legal fireworks are the ones purchased from the stands within the Town limits of Firestone. Anything that goes up into the air or explodes is illegal! Wyoming or other illegal fireworks will be confiscated and destroyed, and the violators will be required to appear in court. Mandatory court is also given to residents found to be igniting fireworks at times other than July 4th.

The careless use and inappropriate use of fireworks can ruin your celebration by causing an injury or fire. 8,500 people in the United States are treated for fireworks related injuries each year, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Two thirds of those injured, have to be admitted into the hospital.

Most frequently injured by fireworks are boys age 10 to 14, with more than 40% of those injured being under the age of 14. The most serious injuries happen to those that are actively igniting the pyrotechnics. Fireworks related injuries most frequently involve the hands, fingers and eyes. Of those half are burns to the face, hand, wrist or arm. Fireworks can cause life threatening injuries and fires.

The fireworks that cause the most injuries are firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, fountains, and sparklers. The best way to prevent injuries is to let the professionals light up the sky and enjoy the fireworks display put on by the Town of Firestone. Never let children use fireworks and supervise teens. Only purchase from reliable sellers. Read and follow all safety instructions and warnings. Fireworks should only be used outdoors and far away from flammable liquids or materials. Never re-light a malfunctioning firework and make sure people are a safe distance away from your display. Have a bucket of water near your fireworks display to soak all spent and dud fireworks and have a hose ready to extinguish any fires or firework mishaps. Never place spent or dud fireworks in the trash can! They must soak in water and completely cool before disposal.

Remember sparklers burn at more than 1,000 degrees. Light them one at a time at arm’s length from your body and face, and never given to children under the age of five years old. Educate children on the danger of fireworks and teach them safety by setting a good example.
Please be safe this 4th of July and we will see you at the 4th at Firestone!


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