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Stay safe while using fireworks this Independence Day

The North Dakota Forest Service would like to remind everyone about important safety considerations while using fireworks.

“Fireworks are a time-honored tradition linked to the celebration of the 4th of July in North Dakota. Please be sure to practice firework safety to help protect lives and property from wildfire,” said State Forester Tom Claeys.

Before purchasing fireworks, be aware of any regulations or ordinances that would prevent you from using them. There are some communities in North Dakota that have banned the use of private fireworks already. Most counties still have a burn ban in effect that does not allow fireworks on days with a fire danger rating of high, very high, or extreme, or if a red flag warning is in effect.

Always visit the ND Response website at NDResponse.gov to first check that you are complying with your local burn ban.

Wildland fires can still start, even in spite of the recent moisture many parts of the state have received.

– Keep a bucket of water nearby so that if a wildfire ignites, you have the ability to extinguish it quickly.

– Light fireworks away from people, houses, and flammable material.

– Only ignite one firework at a time, and never light fireworks on or near dry grass.

If fireworks are allowed in your area, there are some tips you can follow to stay safe.

– Be sure to brace small fireworks on all sides so that they do not tip over after you light them.

– After using fireworks, soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding.

– If you encounter a dud, do not place any part of your body over the firework; sometimes a seemingly dud firework could be delayed but still light.

– Only purchase fireworks from a licensed and approved dealer, and read the directions before use. Never point or throw fireworks at a person.

– Keep all unused fireworks away from the shooting area.

– Adult supervision is important–even when using sparklers–and do not use alcohol or drugs while using fireworks.

Celebrate the birth of our nation safely by practicing these recommendations from the North Dakota Forest Service.

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