Fun And Safe Family Fireworks

A few basic guidelines can keep you and your family safe around fireworks this time of year.

For many families, a fireworks show in the driveway is a July Fourth tradition.

“Seeing all the kids run back and like screaming and laughing and stuff is just fun,” says 15-year-old Brianna Neimeier of Papillion.

And a little common sense can help keep everyone safe.

“A lot of little kids, and I remember this because I would do this, put their face over the firework when they try to light it,” said 13-year-old Alyssa Neimeier. “And my dad always yelled at me about doing that.”

That's good advice that Papillion firefighter Anthony Strawn would agree with.

“That is gun powder in the fireworks, and it is an explosive device,” said Strawn. “Even though it's legal, it can still be extremely dangerous.”

Here are a few things to keep in mind when lighting off fireworks:

-Always have a hose or bucket of water nearby to douse hot fireworks.

-Set them off one at a time in an open location, as far away as possible from buildings and cars.

When it comes to firecrackers, a lot of people like to light them in their hand and then throw them. But Strawn says that's not a good idea. The best bet is to set them down, light them and then run away.

And know what a particular firework is supposed to do before bringing it home. If in doubt, ask someone who works at the fireworks tent.

When cleaning up the fireworks, make sure they have been soaked with water before throwing them away. And keep the trash can away from your house or garage in case it does catch fire.

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