Fireworks Safety

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From the Tioga County Public Health Department:

For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2018

Fireworks Safety
July 4th is right around the corner and for many that means spending time watching fireworks. If you choose to set off your own, it’s important to know about fireworks safety.

Fireworks are fun and exciting to watch, but also pose a safety risk. If not handled properly, they can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. To avoid a trip to the emergency room, follow these tips:

Tip #1: Always obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

Tip #2: Read all cautionary labels and directions before igniting.

Tip #3: NEVER give fireworks, including sparklers, to children. Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees, which is hot enough to melt gold. Don’t put your kids in that danger!

Tip #4: Be cautious of where you are setting off the fireworks. Always have a bucket of water and a hose nearby.

Tip #5: Properly dispose of used fireworks by soaking them in water and placing them in a metal trash can away from any buildings or flammable materials until the next day.

When it comes to fireworks safety, don’t forget about your pets! NEVER bring your pets to a fireworks display and never shoot fireworks of any kind (including sparklers) near pets. If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound. Be sure that your pet has an ID tag in case it runs off.

Tioga County Public Health wants everyone to have a fun and safe July 4th celebration! For more information and more summer safety tips, check out our Facebook page!

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