2010-07-01 / News

Remember these fireworks safety tips

The Fourth of July might be a bit brighter this year – and louder.

With the passage of Senate Bill 2925/House Bill 8173, Rhode Island became the most recent state to allow the purchase and use of non-aerial consumer fireworks and novelties. A list of the fireworks that are now legal in Rhode Island can be found on the fire marshal’s website at www.fire-marshal.ri.gov.

To keep you and your family members safe while enjoying your fireworks, remember the following safety tips:

• Keep fireworks in a safe place and out of reach of children at all times.

• Young children should not light or handle fireworks.

• Use good common sense and always read and follow all warnings and instructions that appear on the packaging.

• Keep a hose and a bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies. Used fireworks should be soaked in a bucket of water prior to being discarded.

• Use consumer fireworks outdoors, only in clear areas, away from houses, buildings, fences, dry grass and trees. Your fireworks display area should be smooth, flat, level and swept clean of debris.

• Never attempt to fix or relight a consumer firework – if it fails to light, do not relight it. Place it in a bucket of water and make sure it is fully soaked before discarding it.

• Animals are sometimes frightened by consumer fireworks. Keep them indoors – away from the loud noise – and secure.

• As with any purchase, check the credibility of the distributor to make sure their consumer fireworks are reliable, legal and come from a licensed source.

• Do not smoke when handling any type of fireworks.

• Do not use any type fireworks while under the influence of alcohol.

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