A message from Chief Mike Hatfield from the Jerome Fire Department:
Consumer fireworks are a wonderful l way to celebrate holidays. But they must be used carefully! The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges consumers to be fireworks smart, before, during and after their consumer fireworks display.
- *Children under the age of 12 should not use sparklers without very close adult supervision.
- *Always remain standing while using sparklers.
- *Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
- *Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
- *Sparklers and bare feet can be a painful combination. Always wear closed--‐toe shoes when using sparklers.
- *Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop the spent sparklers directly in a bucket of water.
- *Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person. Give them the unlit sparkler and then light it.
- *Always stand at least 6 feet from another person while using sparklers.
- *Never throw sparklers.
- *Show children how to hold sparklers away from their body and at arm’s length.
- *Teach children not to wave sparklers, especially wooden stick sparklers, or run while holding sparklers.