Firework safety tips for Fourth of July celebrations

Reporter: Ashley French Writer: Elyssa Morataya
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One of the biggest nights to light up fireworks is on the Fourth of July.

It is also one of the busiest nights for fire departments and EMS as they receive numerous calls on firework-related injuries.

The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District advises people to use fireworks cautiously.

On their website, they share that fireworks that explode or leave the ground can cause serious injuries and also spark brush fires. Many types of sparkler fireworks appear safe to use, but they still carry a risk of injury. When lit, some sparklers can reach temperatures between 1,300 and 1,800 degrees – at least 200 degrees hotter than standard butane lighters.

If choosing to celebrate with fireworks, outdoor grills, or campfires, follow these safety tips:

  • Light fireworks in a cleared area free of vegetation or dry debris;
  • Clear debris from around campfires, grills and all fire sources;
  • Remove debris from any location where fireworks could land;
  • Always have a water source available;
  • Aim fireworks away from people, homes and wooded areas;
  • Never use homemade fireworks;
  • Discard used fireworks in a bucket of water;
  • Store unused fireworks, matches, and lighters out of the sight and reach of children;
  • Never leave a fire unattended and ensure it is completely out before leaving it;
  • Report any fire immediately to 911.

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