Independence Day Celebrations: Safety Tips for Fireworks
With Independence Day quickly approaching, the Dickson Fire Department wants to remind everyone to be safe when celebrating this weekend. More specifically, the Fire Department wants to remind Dickson County residents that Fireworks may only be displayed from June 20th through July 5th and a permit is not required. Additionally, Dickson County Fire Department Officer, Michael Osman, listed a few key safety tips to ensure a fun and safe Independence Day that include:
“-It is always best to leave the fireworks to professionals, and attend a show. However, we understand that may not always be an option and we all love fireworks.
-Please ensure to have a bucket of water or hose pipe/gardening hose available while experiencing the fireworks… that way you can ensure that all embers are completely put out.
-Never hold fireworks with your hands-Maintain a 25ft safety zone from any projectile firework-Never try to relight any firework, especially any which may not have exploded as planned.
-Never point a firework at any person or anything which it could cause damages.-Ensure your location for setting off fireworks is not dried out and is free of dead foliage.
-Sparklers account for over 25% of all firework injuries.
-Never let a child < 5 years old handle any fireworks… and always provided undivided attention to them while handling.
-Remember: water boils @ 212 F, paper burns at 451 F, glass melts at 900 F, but sparklers burn at 1200 F!!!!!!
-Our local ordinances and information that can be found on our city website: “Fireworks may be displayed only from June 20th thru July 5th and from December 21st thru January 5th of each year from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with the exception of December 31st from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on January 1st. A permit is not required to display fireworks.”
-Be mindful of your neighbors and their pets-And as silly as it may sound… please only purchase your fireworks from reputable and approved sources…”