Hopkins County Firefighter Brandan Caudle on Tuesday verified that no burn ban has been set in place this year, which means that fireworks will be in abundance.
In the midst of the holiday festivities, it's easy to forget that fireworks are dangerous and can lead to serious injury, Caudle cautioned. In order to keep community members safe, the Hopkins County Fire Department has provided several safety tips that fireworks users should follow.
- Buy fireworks from an established retail outlet.
- Always read and follow directions before discharging fireworks.
- Always have an adult present when setting up and discharging fireworks.
- Ignite fireworks in open areas away from buildings and flammable materials.
- Keep water handy in case of fire.
- Do not experiment or make homemade fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Do not attempt to re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- Do not throw fireworks at another person.
- Wear eye protection.
- Store fireworks in a dry, cool place and soak in water before disposing.
Community members should also keep in mind that it is illegal to set off fireworks in the city of Sulphur Springs. Those residing in cities or incorporated areas outside of Sulphur Springs can check with city officials for their policies regarding fireworks.
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