With Independence Day approaching, Ada Fire Department officials urge practicing fire safety while enjoying fireworks.
Ada Fire Marshal Justin Priest said it is important to observe firework safety in order to prevent injury and fires.
“More fires are reported across the nation during this time of year than any other in the United States,” Priest said.
He said an estimated 8,600 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in emergency rooms in 2010.
“The tip of the sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause severe third-degree burns,” he said.
Priest said the following tips should be observed when using fireworks:
• Observe local laws concerning fireworks.
• Always have an adult present.
• Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
• Always have water (a bucket or a garden hose) handy.
• Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves and flammable materials.
• Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse or soak them with water and throw them away.
• Dispose of used fireworks properly by soaking them in water and disposing of them in a trashcan.
• Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
• Never hold fireworks after lighting them.
• Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
• Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks
• Do not hold any part of your body over the firework.
• Keep unused fireworks away from the firing area.
• Store unused fireworks in a dry cool place and check for instructions for special storage directions.
• Never use any type of illegal explosive.