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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Follow fireworks rules for a safe holiday

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  • Fireworks are prohibited within the City of Pratt; however firefighters have already responded to fires thought to be caused by fireworks.
    In 2011, fireworks caused nearly 18,000 fires across the country, resulting in $32 million in property damage. U.S. emergency rooms saw an estimated 9,600 people for fireworks-related injuries.
    Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:
    • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
    • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
    • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees — hot enough to melt some metals.
    • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
    • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
    • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
    • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
    • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
    • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
    United States Consumer Products Safety Commission
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