PDT Staff Writer
The Fourth of July holiday sparks an aura of excitement, for many, especially consumers which purchase fireworks products for at-home use. In 2011, 9,600 people were treated in emergency departments for firework-related injuries.
Henceforth, in light of this fact, the state of Ohio Fire Marshal, Larry Flowers has issued a Warning of Extreme Fire Danger for Ohioans who will be exposed to an type of recreational use of fire and fireworks, to ensure that safety precautions will be implemented during the Independence Day holiday.
“Any spark is a danger right now,” Flowers said. “These hot, dry conditions and the forecasted 25 mile per hour wind gusts is a recipe for danger. A spark, on dry grass, fanned by winds, can quickly get out of hand and put lives and property at risk.”
Some of the Flower’s safety tips include abstaining from burning for any reasons other than cooking or grilling recreational fires. The Marshal is also urging Ohioans to keep recreational fires contained in a designated fire pit, outdoor fireplace or confined to seasoned hardwood in an area of three feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height.
Another critical point that Flowers hopes that Ohioans will keep in mind is to keep matches out the hands of young people, and to leave the matches to the adults and the fireworks to the professionals. Leave the matches to the adults and the fireworks to the professionals. That means teaching children to take any matches to adults. Children should also never light fireworks.
Crazy Coo Fireworks in Wheelersburg is geared up for the Independence Day holiday, with a wide variety of fireworks, including the Zeus fireworks, one of the newest products available this year. Owners Steve and Patricia Cooper also want the public to put fire safety at the forefront of their celebration.
“When people ask us about safety, we definitely tell them what we would do, and what we wouldn’t do,” Patricia Cooper said.
“I don’t even let any of my grandchildren have sparklers. They have that hot spark, and even though it may not burn the child’s hand that is holding the sparkler, it could burn the child beside them. I think children should just watch the fireworks, and not really do anything,” Cooper said.
“For any type of fireworks an adult should be present, even the legal smoke bombs because you have to light the smoke bomb with a lighter.”
As far as storing fireworks, she said fireworks should be kept dry, and stored in a safe place.
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