Fireworks safety, it's common sense

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Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 12:00 am

As every year, the night of the Fourth of July is set to be ablaze with artillery shells, fountains and rockets while the sounds of crackles and pops fill the air.

However, just because it is a time of celebration, it is not a time to forget common sense in fireworks safety.

“A lot of it is pretty basic,” said Rod Buethe, Gretna Fire Chief.

For instance, he said, when lighting something, let it lay on the ground and step away from it. Do not hold it in your hand or throw it someone else.

“You're just asking to get yourself or somebody else hurt,” Buethe said. “Light them and get away from them.”

Another thing Buethe noted is how to properly clean up after lighting off fireworks. While many may just throw used fireworks into the garbage, he said the best thing to do is fill up a bucket of water and let the fireworks soak for a bit.

“A couple of years ago, we had someone pick some to just throw away, and their house caught on fire,” he said.

Buethe said this year has better conditions than years past to prevent fires from catching.

“We fortunately have moisture,” he said.

Regardless of these conditions, however, Buethe recommends practicing common sense with fireworks, lighting them always under adult supervision and responsibly.

Or, as many experts suggest, spectators can view a fireworks display such as the one on Tiburon Golf Course Thursday evening.

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