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Kentucky firefighters promote safety ahead of Fourth of July

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 18 people died from fireworks-related incidents in 2020 compared to 12 in 2019.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With the Fourth of July fast approaching, it's possible you might be trying to figure out how you're going to watch fireworks, or where you're going to set off your own.

If you plan on setting off personal fireworks, Zoneton firefighters want to remind people of what proper firework safety looks like.

Firework safety advice:

  • Wear safety glasses.
  • Read and follow any instructions on the fireworks. 
  • Choose a flat and level ground that is 200 feet away from buildings, vehicles and people.
  • Never point fireworks at a person or building.
  • Be sure the fallout will not land in dry brush.
  • Have water hoses or buckets of water nearby.  Douse remnants before putting them in the trash and leave trash bags away from buildings just in case.
  • Clear the area of flammable liquids, such as charcoal lighter fluid.
  • Alcohol and smoking don't mix with fireworks.

Tracey Key, Zoneton fire marshal and deputy chief, also said dry ground increases the risk for serious fires that result from fireworks. 

“We always hope for a good soaking rain before people light up," Key said.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 18 people died from fireworks-related incidents in 2020, compared to 12 in 2019. Also, around 15,600 people had to go to the emergency room for firework-related injuries in 2020 compared to about 10,000 in 2019.

Zoneton firefighters recommended telling pet owners and veterans when fireworks will be set off so pets and veterans can avoid being frightened.

To see what is legal for personal use in Louisville click here.

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