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Practice Safety This 4th Of July
Updated July 4, 2013 7:18 AM
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(UNDATED) - During the Fourth of July one of everyone's favorite festivities is fireworks.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security would like to remind everyone of the potential dangers of fireworks and offer some tips to keep everyone safe on Independence Day such as:

  • Never letting children handle, play with, or light any fireworks.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
  • 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 purchase and light 1.4G consumer fireworks. Examples include bottle rockets, roman candles and fire crackers.
  • 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 or drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks.
  • Never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Use fireworks outdoors, never indoors.
  • Sparklers burn at extremely hot temperatures from 1200 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Glow sticks make an excellent, safer alternative to sparklers, especially for young children.

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