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State Fire Marshal gives tips on 4th of July fireworks safety

According to a recent study, 73% of firework injuries happen on July 4 or within a month of the annual holiday (Photo from Getty Images)

The Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is encouraging residents to practice firework safety throughout the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

“Use common sense when shooting fireworks at home,” State Fire Marshal and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said. “Never point fireworks at another person and dispose of fireworks in water to prevent fire.”

Here are some safety tips from SFMO for those planning to celebrate with fireworks:

  • Observe local laws.
    • Those wishing to purchase and use fireworks should first check with their fire protection officials to make sure that local laws are being followed.
    • Some municipalities prohibit fireworks from being used within city limits.
  • Read and follow the directions on each firework.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Buy from reliable fireworks sellers. Store them in a cool, dry place.
  • Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.
  • Put used fireworks in a bucket of water and have a hose ready.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass, and trees.
  • Light only one item at a time and keep a safe distance.
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

In 2023, an estimated $2.7 billion was spent nationally on fireworks with that number expected to jump as the Thursday holiday this year sets up an extra long weekend for many. According to a recent study, 73% of fireworks injuries occur within a month of July 4.

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