JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Consumer Product Safety Commission states 230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday, according to statistics from 2014.
Ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, the city of Jonesboro's Public Safety Division released the following safety tips:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- No shooting of fireworks allowed inside Jonesboro city limits.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities.
- Never give fireworks to children.
- Don't use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- FAA regulations prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
Approved commercial firework displays are the only ones allowed within Jonesboro city limits.
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