Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. This Fourth of July it is important to be safe while celebrating. Fireworks can be dangerous and cause injury as well as unintended home and wildland fires.
Make sure that fireworks are legal in your area and that there are no fire restrictions before purchasing or using. Fireworks are prohibited on all forested, state, and federal land in Montana. Many towns in Montana have special restrictions. Be sure to check with your local fire department or city officials to learn about any local restrictions. Click here for information on current fire restrictions.
Make sure that you and your family stay safe this Fourth of July. Check out these useful safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Anyone can suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees- hot enough to melt some metals!
- Never place any part of the body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose hand in case of fire or other mishap.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.
For more information on fireworks safety, click here. Have a fun and safe holiday!