A Nebraska non-profit is reminding residents to be careful with their fireworks as the Fourth of July approaches. In fact, National Safety Council, Nebraska President Eric Koeppe, thinks there’s only one way to enjoy fireworks and be 100% safe.
“The safest way it to go to a public show,” says Koeppe. “Don’t buy any on your own, just go to a public show and enjoy what the professionals do.”
However for those who insist on doing it themselves, Koeppe says there are a couple of tips you should follow.
‘It’s always important to have a designated shooter” according to Koeppe, “Someone that has not been consuming alcohol and has the proper safety gear on.”
Koeppe also stresses the importance of monitoring children during celebrations. He says even the most harmless-looking fireworks can be dangerous for children.
“20% of firework injuries to children are caused by sparklers,” says Keoppe, “So we have to pay very close attention when kids are around.”
Koeppe says other safety tips include always making sure water is nearby to douse unexpected flames, keeping explosions a moderate distance away from buildings and never re-lighting unexploded fireworks.