Gorgeous flames light up the sky in a yearly reminder of our county’s founding story. While fireworks are loud, exciting, and fun – they can also become dangerous very quickly. Fireworks are an explosive device, and as such must be respectfully used.
Did you know?
In Kentucky, state law prohibits you from using fireworks within 200 feet of a structure (that includes your home)!
(Kentucky) State Fire Marshal Mike Haney says the safest way to celebrate is by leaving the pyrotechnics to the professionals. He says home use of fireworks could cause personal or property damage and might also be prohibited by local ordinances. [source] There are plenty of professional shows going on this weekend! Check out our list of WHERE TO SEE THE FIREWORKS!
Lexington Police Department also released a great video on Facebook, reminding Lexingtonians of some of the more strict City Ordinances regarding fireworks. If you’re a Fayette County resident, we suggest giving this video a watch!
Here’s 9 Tips to Stay Safe around Fireworks
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The National Council of Fireworks Safety suggests the following safety tips…
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- 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.
- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.