Fireworks Safety Tips

With the Independence Day approaching, the Sandoval County Fire Department is reminding all residents about the importance of proper safety practices for 4th of July festivities, in order to prevent fires and serious injuries.

“Independence Day is synonymous with the use of fireworks, and allows Americans to celebrate this important holiday,” said Sandoval County Interim Fire Chief Eric Masterson. “However, we want to remind residents to take the proper safety precautions when using fireworks to prevent injury and fires.”

When celebrating with fireworks on Independence Day, residents should:

    • Always have a bucket of water, garden hose or a fire extinguisher with you while using fireworks
    • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water or soak in a bucket of water before discarding
    • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances
    • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
    • Children watching fireworks displays should have adult supervision at all times
    • Always read fireworks instructions before use
    • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully
    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
    • Never try to make your own fireworks
    • Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be very frightened or stressed by the Fourth of July and other big celebrations. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.

“The Sandoval County Fire Department will have crews ready to respond to any emergency during the 4th of July,” said Interim Chief Masterson. “But our hope is that residents will take safety precautions to prevent fires and injuries. We need to work as a team to make sure that this holiday is a safe one for Sandoval County.”