Fourth of July Firework Safety

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. What better way to commemorate the holiday than by popping fireworks?

Although when handling fireworks, safety needs to be top priority. The Gulfport Fire Department reminds residents that you cannot shoot fireworks in city limits, but you can at the white sand beaches in Harrison County during the fourth.

If you do ignite fireworks, be sure to always have a bucket of water nearby and never let your children play with fireworks.

According to a report of firework injuries and death from last year, almost 70 percent of all injuries in the month of July occur around the fourth.

The two most common injury causing fireworks are firecrackers and sparklers. A simple sparkler can burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Gulfport Fire Deputy Chief Billy Kelley said, “The one with the sparklers is the one that gets me. You think that’s one of the most harmless ones, but that usual one with the most injuries because that’s usually the one that most people get for their kids.”

They also recommend wetting fireworks after you shoot them, even if they’re duds so they can’t ignite.

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