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First responders urge you to practice firework safety

First reponders warn of the dangers associated with fireworks. (Photo source: WLOX News) First reponders warn of the dangers associated with fireworks. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

There are signs all over the coast of the upcoming Independence Day holiday. But while you're lighting up the fun-filled explosives, first responders want you to practice safety.

There's just something about that traditional boom sound and the balls of color bursting across the night sky that entice so many to watch a firework show or create a smaller one of their own. However, before you or your little one lights the fuse, first responders urge you to know the dangers associated with these relatively inexpensive explosives.

"Mostly to people that are under the age of 16 that are lighting fireworks and not being real attentive,” said AMR Chief of Operations Greg Doyle.

AMR's Chief of Operations Greg Doyle said the fourth of July isn't the only time people are injured because people start detonating their fireworks as soon as the stands start selling them and sometimes they aren't keeping safety in mind.

"When there's an accident that means they've done something wrong that was unsafe. They are not following the instructions that's written on the package,” said Doyle.

Biloxi Fire Inspector William Fairley said not only is important to read the instructions, but to always have a bucket of water and an extinguisher nearby. He recommends, when using a fireworks, make sure you're not on dry grass or in a residential area.

"Just a safe way to do it. You want to, whenever you light it, you don't want to stand over the top of it and you need to back away from it, a safe distance, before it explodes,” Fairley said.

Officials also recommend you avoid drinking while using fireworks.

"There's certainly a potential for a fire to cause injury to a person. There's been cases where people have lost fingers and so forth and certainly they could be burned. So you want to be as safe as possible with them,” said Fairley.

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