LINCOLN— Fireworks are synonymous with Fourth of July celebrations. As we approach the upcoming holiday, the Nebraska State Fire Marshal (SFM) urges Nebraskans to use caution when lighting fireworks in your community.
Fireworks can be very dangerous, causing serious burns, eye injuries, and in some cases death. Emergency rooms across the state reported a total of 192 firework related injuries in 2017.
“Fire Marshal staff spends countless hours every year working to ensure firework stands and display operators comply with regulations to keep fireworks as safe and enjoyable as possible,” said Doug Hohbein, Assistant State Fire Marshal.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend public displays conducted by trained professionals. However, if you plan to ignite fireworks, the following tips will help keep you and others safe:
· Keep children away from fireworks
· Do not alter fireworks in any way (this creates an explosive device, which could result in a class IV felony charge)
· Have a fire extinguisher, bucket of water or garden hose available in case of fire
· Light fireworks one at a time, on the ground, in a fire-resistant area
· Never point or throw fireworks at another person
· Soak used fireworks in water before placing them in a waste bin
· Ensure fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing and using them
Only responsible and sober adults should handle fireworks. Before lighting any fireworks, be aware of city regulations and local ordinances. Any illegal firework use should be reported to the State Fire Marshal Agency or your local law enforcement entity.