July Fire Dept. Newsletter

It won’t be long now and the neighborhoods will be filled with a slight haze and the smell of sulfur from the many fireworks popping and crackling in the street. In recent years the fireworks industry in the US hit the billion dollar mark for combined revenues, which is pretty good since in most states they can only sell fireworks a few weeks a year. Along with their billion dollars the fireworks industry’s products account for around 10,000 injuries per year in the US according to the American Pyrotechnics Association. So with that said, here is a handful of tips to help you and your family have a safe Fourth of July celebration:

1. Fireworks are for outside use only. Your average sparkler burns at about 1200 degrees, not really something you want in your house.

2. Be aware of your surroundings. Your fireworks show might get a little too exciting if you light it next to the neighbor’s dry decorative bushes.

3. Obey state and local laws pertaining to fireworks. Idaho law states that the only fireworks permitted in this state for consumer use are non-aerial.

4. Always have water handy; a bucketful of water or a garden hose work great.

5. Never modify fireworks you have purchased from a vendor. They are designed to work the way they come and modifying them puts you at risk for injury.

6. Do not try to relight dud fireworks.

7. Keep a safe distance when enjoying your fireworks display and always step back after lighting the fuse.

8. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk or light fireworks drunk.

If you follow these tips your chances of having a fun celebration will be greatly increased.

That’s about it for this month, so until next time, don't forget to wave to the boys in the BRT.