Joplin Fire Dept. teaches fireworks safety with demonstration

JOPLIN, Mo.- The 4th of July can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous.

In an effort to make sure people are celebrating safely this year, the Joplin Fire Department hosted a fireworks safety demonstration, highlighting just how long fireworks can stay hot after it looks like they’ve gone out.

“Spent fireworks can start off at 500 degrees and it can take them about 40 minutes for them to drop down to 150 degrees with the fountains we were demonstrating a minute ago,” said Mark Cannon, Fire Training Chief for the Joplin Fire Dept.

Other fireworks safety tips include:
1. Think first and foremost of SAFETY when discharging fireworks.
2. Follow all of the Manufacturer’s instructions.
3. It is recommended that children do not use any firework. However, if they do, always have adult supervision.
4. Only discharge fireworks in an area clear of any obstructions, and that has short grass or a noncombustible surface.
5. Clear the area of any trash, wood piles, yard debris, etc.
6. Make sure that everyone is a safe distance from the discharge area.
7. Have a method of extinguishing devices immediately, i.e. a garden hose, bucket of water, fire extinguisher.
8. DO NOT HANDLE DUDS. They may go off several minutes later.
9. Always use punks to light the firework. Using lighters or matches may cause the firework to ignite prematurely.
10. Do not hold a firework in your hand and light it.
11. Do not discharge fireworks toward or near people, houses or other structures, flammable or combustible items.