Brazil Fire Chief shares firework safety ahead of the holiday

Friday, June 28, 2024

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 19,500 fires reported yearly are started by fireworks.†In 2022, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported around 10,200 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. Children younger than 15 account for a quarter of the injuries.†Sparklers are fireworks that are often regarded as safe, with the primary target audience being children. However, the tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of nearly 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause severe third-degree burns.

Brazil Fire Chief Jake Bennett shares a few tips and general rules to ensure residents celebrate the Fourth of July safely.

FIREWORKS AT HOME

Try to find an open area to set them off. Keep the area that you are setting off clear of trip hazards, make sure you are a safe distance from buildings and vehicles.† Keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby.†Keep your head and body from leaning over the top of fireworks when lighting them.† Donít wear extremely loose-fitting clothing; try to cover your arms and legs as best you can when lighting.† If you have longer hair, keep it tied back.† Never look into a tube to see if a firework is lit.†Donít let children set off fireworks. Donít allow running or horseplay around the fireworks.†Overall just use common sense.

GENERAL RULES AND TIPS

Some of the above guidance may fall into this category as well.†Some tips: have a good extended grill-type lighter and a good flashlight.†Leave the lighting to adults.†Donít trust ďduds,Ē and donít try to alter them or fix them. Be sure that people and pets are out of range. Clean up any mess from fireworks after things have cooled down and it is safe to do so.

Remember that pets are extremely sensitive to fireworks.††

SPARKLERS

Children under the age of 12 should not be handling them.† Itís important for the parents or adults to discuss how to be responsible with fireworks, especially sparklers. They are as dangerous as matches and lighters.† Teaching responsible older kids that they need†to keep sparklers away from their clothes and body and kept away from each other so the holiday doesnít turn out poorly for a child.† Maintain close supervision of children using sparklers. Itís a good idea to have a first aid†kit nearby.† In the event of a burn, use cool water to cool the burn, and then determine if further medical†treatment is necessary, depending on the severity.†

STORAGE

Fireworks should be stored in a cool, dry place away from any open flame.

INDIANA LAW

The State of Indiana allows Fireworks to be set off legally during the times below, unless a local ordinance prohibits it.

Fireworks can†be set off June 29th through July 3rd and July 5th through July 9th between 5 pm and two hours after sunset.

Fireworks can be set off on July 4th between 10 am and Midnight.†

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Keep in mind we are under some extremely dry conditions. Hopefully there is some†relief before the†holiday arrives.†

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