Firework safety tips from the Clay Fire Territory

St. Joseph County, Ind. As you plan your 4th of July evening, make sure you are taking the proper safety precautions. Several of us head to firework shows around Michiana, but some do them in their own backyards. So, here are a few things you want to keep in mind.

Clay Fire Territory Fire Marshal Dave Cherrone says before you even start setting up fireworks, wet the area you are going to use and set up a flat surface using things like bricks. This will help keep your fireworks upright and not tip over, plus the fireworks won’t burn your grass.

Next, put on proper eye wear, get a hose, a bucket of water, and a safe lighter and make sure kids and pets are a safe distance away, but one of the most important things you have to do is read the directions.

“Sparklers, fire crackers and aerial devices. Things such as bottle rockets, roman candles, things that leave the ground. And most of the injuries in Indiana are caused because people misuse them. That means they were doing something, if it said don't hold it, people were holding it, if it said stick it in the ground, they were mounting it in something else. So again, three that have been very common for years and years, nothing new, are still causing most injuries,” explains Cherrone.

Fireworks can be set off until July 9th in St. Joseph County and that is usually the same for other counties as well. Every night you can shoot them off from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. except for July 4th you can shoot them off from 10 a.m. to midnight.

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