Fireworks Safety Tips

June 9, 2021
Fire Department
Marlee Boenig - 270-393-3120
Bowling Green, KY

Fireworks are an American tradition but there are many safety tips that need to be followed in order to use them safely. Please keep these tips in mind if you choose to purchase and discharge fireworks.

* Fireworks may only be used between the hours of noon and 10:00 p.m. on June 27th through July 3rd and on July 5th and between the hours of noon and 11:00 p.m. on July 4th.

* Fireworks may not be sold or given to any person under the age of 18 and may only be used by a person 18 years of age or older.

* One must be at least 200 feet away from any structure, vehicle or any other person in order to ignite or light a firework.

* Fireworks cannot be discharged on public property, including public roadways.

* Light fireworks outdoors on a cleared off, smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves/grass or other flammable materials.

* When lighting fireworks, always keep a bucket of water for misfired and spent fireworks and a charged garden hose nearby for emergencies.

* Young people suffer the majority of fireworks injuries, so they should never be allowed to light the fireworks.

* Remember to wear eye protection around lit fireworks.

* Remember that any firework has the potential to cause serious injury so caution should always be exercised when using them.

* Most people feel that sparklers are safe for children to hold, but sparklers burn at several hundred degrees and cause major burns if mishandled.

* Never point or throw fireworks at anyone.

* If your clothes happen to catch on fire, remember to stop, drop & roll to extinguish the flames.

If you ever have a question regarding fire safety, please call the Bowling Green Fire Department at 270-393-3702.


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