STAY SAFE: Fireworks safety checklist

STAY SAFE: Fireworks safety checklist

WOOLMARKET, MS (WLOX) - Many people say you just can't have a Fourth of July celebration without fireworks. But, the beautiful exploding displays can be very dangerous, especially if not handled correctly.

There are several important steps to take:

  • Before you get started, you'll want to light a punk to extend your reach when lighting the fuse.
  • Then make sure the firework is on a level surface in an open, outdoor space with no overhead obstructions.
  • Next, make sure the fuse is extended.
  • Then while making sure your face isn't over the firework, light it and get away quickly.

Mark Wood runs a firework stand in Woolmarket and says one of the most dangerous fireworks is one we've probably all used before: Sparklers. They can burn at about 1500 or 1600 degrees. If a child grabs the burning end, it will hurt them quickly.

No matter what, make sure an adult is supervising any use of fireworks, and have a safe and happy Independence Day.

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