It’s that time of year when fireworks become a huge part of the scenery all around Utah. With Independence Day on Saturday and Pioneer Day on July 24th, fireworks can be heard around the desert almost all year long. If you are one of these firework enthusiasts, it’s important to keep these safety tips in mind.
Stay a Safe Distance From Any Buildings
It is important as you light off fireworks to keep your explosives a good distance from your home. In St. George, people usually light off fireworks in the street, but stay away from buildings, cars and other people.
Maintain Adult Supervision
An adult should be present whenever fireworks are being lit. Children and teens often lack the forethought, experience and knowledge necessary to remain safe while lighting off fireworks. Make a hard and fast rule in your home: no adult, no fireworks.
Practice Safe Lighting Techniques
It is important to practice safe lighting techniques. These include lighting one firework at a time, not relighting “dud” fireworks, and putting lit fireworks in water to cool off. For more safe firework lighting techniques, visit www.fireworkssafety.org.
Follow the Laws
Because we live in a desert where it is very dry, it’s important to know and follow the laws of the area to avoid any fires, injuries or fines. Here is a list of the city-specific firework laws in the area. It’s illegal to light fireworks on state or federal lands, including state and national parks. You can only light fireworks between the hours of 11 am and 11 pm, except on July 4th and 24th when hours are extended to midnight. Make sure your firework plans remain within the local laws.
Use Common Sense
While fireworks are enjoyable for the whole family and often feel like toys, never forget that they are still dangerous explosives and should be used with caution. Don’t mix alcohol and fireworks, but wait until after the show to start drinking. Never mess around with fireworks, point fireworks at anyone or try to jump over lit fireworks. Always play it safe and use common sense.
Go Watch a Firework Display
Many people avoid firework safety concerns altogether by going to a firework show. St. George News has a comprehensive list of all the firework displays in Southern Utah. Bring some snacks and chairs and enjoy watching someone else do the work of a firework display.
July is a fun month in Utah with so many firework displays andl times. Use these tips and play it safe during the summer holidays. And have fun!