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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Loudoun Fire Officials Offer Critical Fireworks Safety Tips

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To maintain social distancing and reduce the spread of COVID-19, many professional Fourth of July fireworks displays have been canceled or postponed. The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System (LC-CFRS) reminds residents that consumer fireworks are NOT always a safe alternative. Fireworks cause thousands of serious injuries every year and send adults and children to local emergency rooms. LC-CFRS challenges you and your family to find fun and creative ways to celebrate without the use of fireworks. 

If you choose to use fireworks, know the risks, PROCEED WITH CAUTION and follow these safety tips!

DON’T use illegal fireworks!

DO use only legal fireworks purchased from a retail stand with a Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office permit. Consumer fireworks that rise into the air, explode, travel laterally on the ground or emit projectiles are illegal to possess or use anywhere in Virginia (Class 1 Misdemeanor)

NEVER use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol! 

DON’T light fireworks indoors!

DO use fireworks a safe distance away from homes, and steer clear of brush, leaves and flammable substances.

NEVER allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks and maintain constant adult supervision.

DO light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance.

DON’T light fireworks in your hand! 

DO place fireworks on stable ground, never in a container, and ensure it won’t tip when firing.

NEVER point or throw fireworks at anyone!

DON’T try to re-light "a dud" or malfunctioning firework!

DO soak spent fireworks in water for several hours before discarding into a fire-proof container. Keep the container outside, away from the home.

DO keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of fire.

Remember that not everyone loves fireworks. Fireworks can disrupt those sleeping, scare pets, and can be traumatic for veterans. Be a good neighbor and be sensitive to others when choosing to discharge them. For additional fireworks information visit Loudoun.gov/fireworks.

 

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