Firework Safety

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Juanita and her son Corey have already started shopping for the fourth of July.

“We’re looking for big fireworks, big pretty ones you know for our fourth of July we're having a cookout a bonfire and will light up the skies.” Juanita and Corey Gillespie said.

The Gillespie’s love to buy different kinds of fireworks.
And although they like to have fun on the fourth of July, they also make sure they are safe.

“We keep the kids up on the porch and the adults are the ones who handle the fireworks.” Gillespie said.

On the fourth of July, sparklers are a kids firework of choice, however firework officials say an adult needs to light them and watch the children at all times.

“Doing the stuff that goes high in the air is always better because it’s going to dissipate before it comes back down.
Sparklers things on the ground are always more dangerous.” Holiday Firework Manager Greg Ellison said.

As a rule of thumb, Ellison says you should always have water handy

“It is a little bit dry this year so if you’re in an area that hasn't had much rain, you should always keep a hose handy nearby, you can go ahead and wet down the ground where you're going to do your fireworks.” Ellison said.

And one of the most important things Ellison wants firework users to remember, is if your fuse goes out do not relight it.
The fuse may be too short and not allow enough time for you to get a safe distance away before it goes off.

Ellison says business has been good so far and he expects it to pick up this weekend.

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