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Fireworks safety tips for a safe 4th of July holiday

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - With one of the biggest barbecue and fireworks weekends of the year just around the corner, officials are reminding the Sequoyah County community to exercise caution when dealing with fire and especially when dealing with fireworks.

Firework safety is crucial during these holidays.

Vice President of the Sallisaw Fraternal Order of Police ( FOP) Devin Harriman said, “We want everyone to be safe and enjoy the holiday weekend with their families. Children need to be accompanied by an adult at all times while shooting off fireworks. Our number one priority this holiday is safety.”

Sallisaw Police Office and former FOP President Tucker Martens added that unlit fireworks should be kept a reasonable distance away from those you are in the process of lighting or the remains of those already lit in order to avoid an accidental lighting or explosion.

Many area towns will have amazing fireworks shows that residents can attend and safely enjoy. (Please see our separate story for details of events)

If you do decide to light fireworks at home, follow these tips:

• Read and follow the instructions on how to use the item.

• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fires.

• Maintain adult supervision.

• Designate one person to shoot the fireworks.

• Do not drink alcoholic beverages while using fireworks.

• Use eye protection when shooting fireworks and do not let any part of your body cover the fireworks.

• Fireworks should only be used outdoors.

• Never throw or point fireworks at another person.

• Do not handle or try to relight duds. Wait 20-30 minutes, soak the duds in water and then properly dispose of them.

Fireworks can liven up any Independence Day celebration, but they should always be treated with respect. Remember to use good common sense and follow all safety rules so you, your family members, and friends don’t become a fireworks statistic

According to the City of Sallisaw city ordinances it is unlawful to explode or ignite fireworks on any day except July 1 through July 4 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and midnight inside Sallisaw city limits. Please be aware of the ordinances for the area you live in.

Anna Ramos, News Staff

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