Fireworks Safety Tips
While fireworks are legal on July 4 from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m., they are dangerous and can cause injury if they’re not used properly. The Ankeny Fire Department, in collaboration with the National Council for Fireworks Safety, offers the following tips to celebrate safely:
• Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
• Prepare ahead of time, spray down your yard with water before you shoot off fireworks or light sparklers.
• Treat fireworks like a firearm: don’t point them at people, animals or property.
• Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
• Don’t use fireworks when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
• Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
• Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap. Put spent sparklers in the water.
• Never try to relight dud fireworks, put them in a bucket of water.
• Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
• Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
And let’s not forget the safety of our pets:
• Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
• If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
• Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off when fireworks are ignited.