West Virginia State Fire Marshal shares fireworks safety guidelines
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – As July 4 approaches, consumer fireworks are legal in West Virginia – but not Ohio – the state fire marshal has shared the instructions safety measures:
Â· Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
Â· Obey local laws.
Â· Parents and caregivers should closely monitor teens if they use fireworks.
Â· Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
Â· Know your fireworks. Read warning labels and performance descriptions before lighting.
Â· Have a designated shooter organize and film your family show.
Â· Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
Â· Always have water on hand if you are shooting fireworks.
Â· Wear safety glasses when using fireworks.
Â· Never place any part of your body directly on top of a fireworks device while lighting the wick.
Â· Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting a fireworks display.
Â· Never rekindle a âfailedâ firework display. Wait 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water.
Â· Soak used fireworks in water before putting them in an outdoor trash can.
Â· Never attempt to tamper with or modify consumer fireworks. Use them only as intended.
Â· Avoid buying fireworks wrapped in brown paper. This is often a sign that fireworks were designed for professional demonstrations and could pose a danger to consumers.
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