Use caution with fireworks this Fourth of July

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 28, 2007

With Independence Day just around the corner, some local residents will no doubt be loading up on fireworks.

But, there are some legal and safety restrictions to consider.

Each year, approximately 9,000 people are treated for fireworks-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Most injuries are caused by the most popular fireworks – bottle rockets and sparklers.

Bottle rockets can cause injuries because they can travel up to 200 miles per hour and can richocet. They can also be a fire hazard.

Sparklers can burn at temperatures hot enough to melt gold, so burns are a danger, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Fireworks are not legal in the city of Selma. While it is legal to shoot fireworks in the county, but because of the recent drought, residents must use caution when firing up.

In addition, fireworks cannot be sold to anyone who is under 16 years of age.

If they look under 16, consumers need to be prepared to show an ID.

Other safety guidelines include:

n Follow the instructions on the label.

n Use common sense.

n Never point fireworks at another person.

n Use fireworks and sparklers only outdoors.

n If drought conditions mean a ban on fireworks, follow the law.

n Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.

n Fireworks and alcohol do not mix. Have a designated &#8220shooter.”