Fireworks Safety Tips for your Family

If consumer fireworks are part of your family’s Fourth of July festivities this weekend, be sure to supervise your little ones carefully. According to the Orange County Fire Authority, children ages 5 to 9 have the highest injury rate involving fireworks. Moreover, sparklers are associated with the most injuries involving children under the age of 5.

Keep your family safe with these helpful tips:

• Buy only state fire marshall-approved (“Safe and Sane”) fireworks, from a licensed firework stand. The following cities allow consumer fireworks: Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton, Villa Park and Westminster.

• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap.

• Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Spectators should also keep a safe distance from the shooter and fireworks.

• Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

• Do not try to alter fireworks or combine them.

• Point fireworks away from homes and cars, and keep away from brush, leaves, dry grass and flammable materials.

For a safer alternative, consider taking your family to a professional fireworks show. For a list of fireworks shows near you, please visit the Orange County Fire Authority website at www.ocfa.org.

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