TOP STORY OF THE DAY: Fourth of July firework precautions

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Fire Chief Jake Bennett

Nothing represents the 4th of July holiday more than fireworks. Fireworks can be fun, but are also dangerous. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is through viewing a public display conducted by a professional. 2020 will be the Brazil Rotary’s 85th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Forest Park, and Aerial Arts public display is viewable from many locations in our community within and near Forest Park. Private displays and home fireworks are also a common part of the holiday for a great number of individuals and families in our community. Unfortunately, every year, thousands of Americans are injured during Independence Day weekend and many of those injuries are firework-related. Children, especially, are vulnerable to injuries due to use of fireworks, particularly firecrackers, bottle rockets and sparklers. Use common sense and be aware of these potential dangers and always supervise children.

Indiana Fireworks related laws state:

Only individuals 18 years of age or older can purchase fireworks.

Fireworks can only be used on the user’s property, the property of someone who granted permission for fireworks to be discharged, or a place designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal for the discharge of consumer fireworks.

According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website, the dates and times below are protected for consumer use of fireworks in Indiana.

June 29-July 3: from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset

July 4: from 10 a.m. to midnight;

July 5-July 9: from 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset; and

December 31: from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m

A reminder to residents of these fundamental firework safety considerations

Use extreme caution when lighting fireworks in the wind. Keep spectators where the wind is blowing smoke and debris away from them.

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Use a clear, open area and keep your audience a safe distance from the shooting site.

Do not attempt to alter any fireworks device or attempt to make your own fireworks.

Only light one firework item at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.

After a firework has finished burning, douse it with plenty of water before throwing it away to prevent starting a trash fire.

Be cautious when lighting fireworks when it is windy.

Never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person.

Be considerate of individuals with medical conditions and the noise can cause stress and reaction in neighbors

Think about pets. Animals have sensitive ears and can be frightened by firework sounds

Use fireworks outdoors, never indoors.

Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby.

The Brazil Fire Department hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July Holiday.

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