Public Safety Stars, stripes and safety

Stars, stripes and safety

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Cookouts, bonfires, family gatherings, parades and of course fireworks commemorating America’s Independence Day always provide great summer memories for Hoosier families. The Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July. While you’re having fun celebrating, it is important to remember some tips to ensure a weekend free of cuts, scrapes, burns and unnecessary hospital visits.

Safety tips courtesy of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security

  • Never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks without adult supervision.
    •Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
    •Use a clear, open area and keep the audience a safe distance from the shooting site.
    •Do not attempt to make or alter any fireworks device.
    •Only purchase and light 1.4G consumer fireworks. Examples include bottle rockets, roman candles and fire crackers.
    •Only light one firework item at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
    •Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby.
    •Use extreme caution when lighting fireworks in the wind. Keep spectators where the wind is blowing away from them.
    •Never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks.
    •Never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person.
    •Sparklers burn at extremely hot temperatures from 1200 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Glow sticks make an excellent, safer alternative to sparklers, especially for young children.