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Avoid injuries this Fourth of July with these fireworks safety tips

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

The State Fire Marshal is urging firework safety amid an increase in fireworks-related injuries.

More fireworks-related injuries are reported around Independence Day thank any other time of the year. The State Fire Marshal said more than 7 out of every 10 fireworks-related injuries happened between July 1 and 7 in 2016. The 230 injuries reported to the Indiana State Department of health is up from 181 the previous year. 

“Fireworks are not toys,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “They are part of the excitement and tradition this time of year, but safety needs to be the first concern for all Hoosiers.”

As holiday celebrations draw near, the State Fire Marshal is encouraging people to follow the following fireworks safety tips:

  • Use a clear, open area and keep the audience a safe distance from the site where the fireworks will be set off.
  • Do not attempt to make or alter any fireworks or fireworks device.
  • Only light one firework at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
  • Have a fire extinguisher or water supply, such as a hose or bucket of water, nearby.
  • Use eye protection when lighting or using fireworks.
  • Never consume alcohol or smoke when lighting fireworks.
  • Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person.

One  way to keep celebrations safe is by following the law. the Fort Wayne Police Department said people should observe both state and local laws. Statewide, only people 18 and older can purchase of possess fireworks. The purchaser should be the only one to light the fireworks off. The fireworks should be lit off on the property of the person(s) that has the fireworks; or from property that person has permission to shoot fireworks from; or a property designated by the FWFD for the purpose of shooting fireworks. Shells/mines cannot be larger than 2.5 inches unless the person is licensed to shoot fireworks.

Fireworks may be displayed from 5:00 pm until 2 hours after sunset on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8, and July 9. Between the hours of 10:00 am and 12:00 midnight on July 4, Memorial Day and the day before the holiday and Labor Day and the day before the holiday. Between the hours of 10:00 am on December 31 and 1:00 am on January 1.  If you need to report illegal fireworks displays please call the non-emergency number, 427-1222.

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