Play It Safe on Independence Day

Although there is a serious ban on fireworks in northern California this year due to all the fires, I know folks all over the country will be creating personal, home grown pyrotechnic displays. I would like to remind you to play it safe. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has cooked up a few tips for you and here are highlights:


  • Purchase fireworks from a licensed and reputable vendor.
  • Never give fireworks to children.
  • Read directions and inspect fireworks for defects.
  • Keep a bucket of water, garden hose or portable fire extinguisher close by.
  • Ignite fireworks outdoors, away from buildings or any combustible material.
  • Never attempt to fix or re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Ignite only one firework at a time.
  • Make sure no smoldering fires or sparks from falling firework debris remain before going in for the night.
    • Have fun. Don't forget your ear plugs if you are going to big fireworks display. Happy Fourth of July!

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