Fireworks are a major part of 4th of July celebrations, but those fireworks can be dangerous so the State Fire Marshal Agency is encouraging Nebraskans to use caution during the holiday.
In 2017, state emergency rooms reported a total of 192 firework related injuries including serious burns, eye injuries and in some cases, death. The State Fire Marshal Agency works each year to make sure firework stands and display operators comply with regulations to keep fireworks as safe as possible, according to a press release.
The agency is taking the opportunity to remind Nebraskans that only responsible, sober adults should handle fireworks. Be aware of any city or local ordinances that prohibit setting off fireworks and be sure to report any illegal firework use to the State Fire Marshal or local law enforcement.
Other safety tips include ensuring children stay a safe distance from fireworks, have a fire extinguisher, bucket of water or hose available in case of fire, and soak used fireworks in water before throwing them away.
Light fireworks one at a time, on the ground, in a fire-resistant area and never point or throw fireworks at another person. Do not alter fireworks in anyway, as this creates an explosive device that could result in a class IV felony charge.