The do's and don'ts of fireworks safety

Jun 30, 2014 7:34 PM by Charlene Cheng

For many, the Fourth of July means barbecues and fireworks, but officials say that there are safety tips that you should keep in mind.

"Fireworks can be very dangerous if you don't do it right. You can blow off a finger, you can blow off a hand. People using the wrong stuff, the stuff that's illegal, you can get killed by them," said Bill Morgan, a fire captain at the Cottonwood Fire Protection District.

The Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce runs their own fireworks booth in the Belle Mille Shopping Center.

Customer safety is a priority, starting with not selling to people under the age of 16.

"Anytime you're dealing with something that you're lighting and there's fire around it, there are possible dangers, so we recommend that anyone who starts off fireworks that they do it in a clear area," said Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Dave Gowan.

"Make sure you have some kind of extinguisher around and be careful," added Morgan.

Not all fireworks are legal.

Make sure you look out for the ones labeled 'Safe and Sane.'

And, as a general rule, most fires that fly are not legal.

"We sell fireworks that are regulated by the state so they're fun, but not dangerous, if you use them with common sense," Gowan said.

Common sense is the key concept here, and you can take that from a veteran firefighter with over 30 years of experience.

"There's nothing safe. You can always get burnt by them. I've gotten burnt by them," Morgan said.

For those of you who would rather leave it to the professionals and sit by and enjoy the show, there will be plenty of fireworks displays this weekend.

Anderson is kicking it off with a show on 3rd, with Redding, Red Bluff, and Oroville following that up on the 4th.


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