Local Fire Departments Give Fireworks Tips

When people think 4th of July, they also think fireworks.

But with the fun that comes with them, also come a lot of dangers.

“Some of the biggest dangers and risks is burns we have a lot of burns especially with children,” says Fire Inspector Keith Wallace with the Lexington Fire Department.

Last year all across the country there were over 9 thousand emergency room visits on the 4th of July, with more than 40 percent of them being for burns from fireworks, according to the Lexington Fire Department.

Now, they hope to reduce the number of ER visits with a couple tips for handling fireworks.

After making sure the fireworks are on a stable surface, and after they're lit, Fire Inspector Wallace recommends stepping 50 feet away and watching them from a distance.

Fires are another thing they want to avoid.

Firefighters say both grass and structural fires are common on the 4th of July.

"Shoot them away from any structures, not under any overhangs on the house, a lot of times fireworks bottle rockets are notorious for getting in the gutter where there's leaves and starting fires we see that almost every year,” Chief Eric Turner of the Madison County Fire Department.

Even some of the most popular fireworks like sparkler, firefighters say are some of the most dangerous because they can get as hot as 2000 degrees.

"That's the reason we don't really like to see small children play with them and if they do they really need to be supervised by an adult," says Wallace.

For 39 News, i'm Camila Rueda.

To find out if lighting fireworks is legal in your county, you can contact your local law enforcement.

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