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Ways to stay safe on the Fourth of July

Which form of fireworks causes the most injuries?

A    Bottle Rockets
B    Lady Fingers Firecrackers
C    M-80 Firecrackers
D    Sparklers

The average sparkler accounts for the majority of firework injuries. Viewed as harmless by many, sparklers burn at a temperature around 1,200 degrees – these are definitely not toys.

Ways to stay safe on the Fourth of July
According to the National Fire Protection Association, two out of five fires reported on the Fourth of July are started by fireworks and have caused as much as $20 million in property loss each year recently. A substantial portion of the structure fire property loss due to fireworks typically involves bottle rockets or other fireworks rockets. These rockets can land on rooftops or wedge within certain structures and still retain enough heat to cause a fire.
The sale and use of private fireworks within unincorporated Williamson County is permitted. It is unlawful, however, to ignite consumer fireworks within 600 feet of a church, hospital, asylum, public school, or within 200 feet of where fireworks are sold. Individuals in violation of these statues may be subject fines or additional charges depending on circumstances.

For more information on fireworks safety, contact For more Information, contact Lt. Joshua M. Sanders of the Williamson County Fire/Rescue’s Division of Fire Prevention.

13 Steps to Handling Fireworks Safely

  • Know your fireworks! Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting
  • Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save the drink till after the show
  • Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors
  • Always have a water source nearby
  • Always wear safety glasses
  • Never relight a “dud” firework
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can
  • Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks and use them only in the manner they were intended
  • After the display is over, children should never pick up fireworks that are left over as they may still be active
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire department
  • Never, ever, handle “sky lanterns,” which are illegal throughout the state of Tennessee except for use by licensed professionals*
Sources: National Council on Fireworks Safety
*Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office

Posted on: 7/2/2013


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