(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington Fire Department and the Fire Prevention Bureau would like to remind everyone about the importance of safety when using fireworks this 4th of July season.
With the extremely dry conditions this year extra caution should be taken if you choose to use any type of fireworks. Currently Monroe County is under a burn ban issued by the Monroe County Commissioners, who are encouraging everyone to attend a public fireworks display rather than use them at home.
Here are some important fireworks safety tips from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:
• Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks.
• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
• Always purchase your fireworks from reliable, licensed fireworks dealers.
• Use a clear, open area and keep your audience a safe distance from the shooting site.
• Do not alter any fireworks device or attempt to make your own fireworks.
• Only light one firework item at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a "dud" firework.
• Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water nearby.
• Be cautious when lighting fireworks when it is windy.
• Never smoke while handling fireworks.
• Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person.
• Use fireworks outdoors, never indoors.
The following state laws regulate fireworks in Indiana:
• Only individuals 18 years of age or older may purchase fireworks.
• In general, fireworks may be discharged on holidays from 9 a.m. to midnight. Otherwise, fireworks may be discharged from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Check with local officials about when you can discharge fireworks as local ordinances may further restrict usage.
• Fireworks may be discharged only on your property, the property of someone who has granted permission or at special discharge locations.
• Know the laws for your area and obey them! Penalties are now in place for violation of Indiana's fireworks laws.
• Contact your local fire department if you have any questions about acceptable fireworks practices in your area.
Safety is one of the greatest concerns in our community. Each year many fireworks accidents are reported throughout the State. Most fireworks accidents are unnecessary and cause harm to people and property. Please check local media for further restrictions or bans on fireworks as we continue to deal with the drought conditions. Let's enjoy a safe 4th of July celebration in our community.
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