Consumer Product Safety Commission outlines safety precautions when handling fireworks


This is the second house fire caused by fireworks that Davenport crews have fought recently.

Stick rockets and bottle rockets are not allowed in the city of Shreveport.

According to Dick Morris, East Lyme's Emergency Management Director and Fire Marshal, police made four separate fireworks busts over the weekend.

Children should also be supervised at all times.

However, the safety video warns that you should "never allow children to handle a firework device".

If you're planning on celebrating the Fourth with a bang, Captain Sooner has some ways you can stay safe while using fireworks. With all those bombs bursting, you want to make sure you're safe.

Do not buy fireworks in brown-paper packaging as they may be for professional use only. Laidlaw also recommended having a water hose or bucket filled with water nearby for precaution.

Have a cell phone on hand for 911 purposes.

However, sparklers and other holiday favorites can be unsafe for adults as well.

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- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them from glass or metal containers.

Stand at least six feet away from someone using a sparkler or other fireworks.

As cheerful music plays, dresses are lit on fire, mannequin heads are blown off, and one mannequin receives a firework injury to the eye.

"Read the cautionary information on the firework, try not to mix fireworks and alcohol - it never works out", Sooner said.

Make sure you are using enough sunscreen.

In the US, the states of Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Arkansas allow children to purchase fireworks from the age of 12, according to a Stat article.

"(There was an) incident on the bayou previous year where we actually arrested somebody for shooting illegal fireworks. In Jefferson Parish about 150 complaint calls come in to 911 each year about fireworks with the majority of them coming around The Fourth.

What happens if a burn does occur?

But despite the state laws, the use of large fireworks is commonplace, he said.