Sullivan County

Local firework stores stressing the importance of firework safety

Local firework stores stressing the importance of firework safety

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - About 8,300 people are treated in emergency rooms for firework related injuries each year, that's according to the National Fire Safety Council.

With the 4th of July less than a week away, local officials are urging people to keep their safety in mind.

They're the highlight of 4th of July and what many people wait for all year, but it's important to know how dangerous and deadly fireworks can be.

Owner of Dino's Dino-Mite Fireworks, Rene Faulk says she prides herself on letting her customers know how important their safety is.

"When you're shooting fireworks, you need to be in an open space with adult supervision," says Faulk.

And for children who are eager to participate in the fun, she says it's important to let them realize they are playing with fire.

"The sparklers, when they do [play with] sparklers, the children need to put them down in water to make sure that they are put out," adds Faulk.

Harry Miller with the Bristol Tennessee Fire Departmant agrees and says it's even more important to pay attention to the fireworks that haven't gone off.

"After a safe time of letting them sit, soak them in the water and that way it'll make sure that they're not going to go off and that they're put out completely," adds Miller.

And as Miller tells us, the weather also plays a big part.

"If you have very dry conditions, it takes just a very small spark to set something on fire," says Miller.

Bottom line, people can get hurt from fireworks if not used responsibly. Keep yourself safe before it's too late.

It's important to know whether or not you're allowed to set off fireworks in your city, and if you don't know, call your local fire department.

Bristol Tennessee Fire Department says they also recommend having a first aid kit.



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