CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - Independence Day is finally here, which means, barbecues, parades and of course fireworks! So what do you need to know before you light up? Here are some tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
1. Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
2. Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
3. A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
4. Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
5. Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
The 3rd assistant Fire Chief at North Corning Fire Department, Terry Borden also has some helpful tips for folks who plan on using fireworks this Fourth of July.
"First of all, airborne fireworks are illegal, but if you were to use them make sure to always use them outdoors. You're going to want keep away from people, keep away from buildings and open areas. After everything is shut off, especially with sparklers and stuff make sure they're put out with water to cool it down." "Make sure you are using a lighting substance, like a flare or something that's longer so they don't get the sparks on them" said Borden.
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