Columbia Fire Dept. offers 4th of July fireworks safety tips
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – The Columbia Fire Department wants you to have a safe and fun 4th of July, but they’re also stressing the importance of staying safe.
"Fireworks are exciting to see this time of year, but they are dangerous when misused not only for the operator but also for bystanders and nearby structures," said Bengie Leverett, Public Fire Education Officer at Columbia-Richland Fire Rescue. "Everyone is urged to use extreme precaution when using the devices."
The department is encouraging everyone to put safety first when using any fireworks and offer the following safety tips:
• Attend a professional show instead of holding your own.
• Always read and follow directions on each firework.
• Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass, and trees.
• Keep a bucket of water, a fire extinguisher or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
• Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.
• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
• Never Re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
• Wear protective eye glasses and gloves.
• Never hold a lit firework item in your hand.
• Adults should always handle fireworks and not children
For more information and questions, you can visit the South Carolina DHEC website.