Fire Department Advises Neighbors to be Safe Around Fireworks

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

With the fourth of July nearing, neighbors may be considering buying fireworks to celebrate. The Augusta County Fire department recommends neighbors to do it safely because anything as small as a sparkler could ruin the fun.

Augusta County Batallion Commander Greg Schacht said once in a while companies receive calls for small brush fires caused by fireworks.

He said firefighters said it is best to set your fireworks off a hard surface like pavement. If you are unable to do that, you could put a piece of plywood and wet the area around it.

In addition, he recommends to keep a distance to prevent burns.

"These type of fireworks that are sold burn very hot and they can cause a burn injury if someone plays around with them...sparklers especially with children can cause problems because they burn their hands," said Schacht.

He said parents should not let kids run with sparklers and adults should supervise kids when they are lighting fireworks. In addition, to be able to buy fireworks, you must be 18 years old.

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