Fire department offers fireworks safety tips

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JASPER — The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department reminds residents to be safe with fireworks this Fourth of July.
Safety tips from Get Prepared Indiana include:

• Use extreme caution when lighting fireworks in the wind. Keep spectators where the wind is blowing away from them.

• Never smoke or consume alcohol when lighting fireworks.

• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

• Steer clear of others setting off fireworks. They can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.

• Do not attempt to make or alter any fireworks or firework devices.

• Always have a fire extinguisher or water supply, such as a hose or bucket of water, nearby.

• Only light one firework at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.

• Think about pets. Animals have sensitive ears and can be very frightened or stressed by firework sounds.

• JVFD reminds citizens that fireworks may only be set off on the user’s property, on a property the user has obtained permission to use or at a designated location. Firework hours over the holiday are 9 a.m. to two hours after sunset today through Tuesday, as well as Thursday, July 5, through Monday, July 9. Fourth of July hours are 9 a.m. to midnight.

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