Fourth of July weekend is almost here and with fireworks being a major source of entertainment over the holiday, Ardmore Fire Department wants to remind residents to be safe.
The fire department would also like to remind Ardmore residents it is illegal to shoot fireworks inside city limits. Failure to abide may result in a fine of up to $500.
The following safety tips have been provided by the department:
• Use common sense: Common sense is important when using fireworks. Read all warning labels and follow directions on each firework device and understand the product performance of each item.
• Adults only: Children should not handle, play with, or light fireworks. Adults should handle and light all fireworks to insure their proper use.
• Just say no: Do not consume alcoholic beverages while lighting fireworks. If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you increase the possibility of misuse and injury to yourself and others near you.
• Hard, flat and level: To insure stability of the firework, always light on a hard, flat and level surface to prevent an item from tipping over. If lighting on grass, use a flat wooden board as a shooting surface.
• Keep your distance: Use fireworks outdoors in a clear, open area away from buildings and vehicles. Avoid dry grass and brush that could catch fire or near any flammable items. Spectators, especially children, should remain a safe distance away from the shooting area, generally 25-40 feet for fountains and ground based items and 75-100 yards for aerial product. If windy conditions exist, fireworks should be lit with the prevailing wind blowing away from the audience.
• Heads up: Never put your head or any part of your body over a firework. Never look into a tube to inspect a firework. Never hold a lit firework in your hand.
• Lighting: The fireworks shooter should wear eye protection. Fireworks should be lit with a punk or an extended butane lighting device in order to keep the maximum distance from a firework. Fireworks should only be lit one at a time. TNT’s GLO-FUZE® makes lighting easier in the dark, but use a flashlight if needed. Don’t attempt to re-light a “dud.” If a firework fails to ignite, let stand for at least five minutes, then immerse in water.
• Water, water everywhere: Make sure that you keep a bucket of water, a water hose, and/or a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies.
• Handle with care: Fireworks should not be carried in your pocket. Don’t aim or throw fireworks at another person. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
• Man’s best friend: Pets and farm animals may be frightened by the noise and lights of fireworks. You may want to keep pets inside or animals moved away during your fireworks show.