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Boise, Meridian Fire Departments encourage firework safety

Ada County bans fireworks in unincorporated areas
Posted at 9:13 AM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 11:13:22-04

Meridian and Boise Fire Departments are reminding people about the importance of celebrating safely this Fourth of July. For families who plan to purchase fireworks and light fireworks at home, it is important to keep in mind that they must be legal and used with caution.

“When it comes time for lighting fireworks you want to be aware of where you are and who's around you,” said Boise Fire Marshal Jerry McAdams. “The best place is on pavement, like a driveway or parking lot, and make sure you're ready with a hose if something does happen.”

With firework ordinances varying among cities, Meridian and Boise residents should be aware of their city’s ordinances prior to purchasing fireworks. Some stands inside Ada County may offer fireworks that are illegal within Meridian and Boise city limits.

“Always look for the ‘Safe and Sane’ logo, to verify fireworks are legal before purchasing,” said Meridian Fire Marshal Joe Bongiorno. “Safe and Sane fireworks do not fly into the air or explode, which greatly reduces the risk of injury and fire.”

Meridian and Boise Fire Officials are asking residents to use extreme caution when setting off legal fireworks this Fourth of July. Even legal fireworks can be dangerous and cause substantial damage to property.

“Responsible parties may be financially liable for damages caused by a fire as a result of misuse or illegal use of fireworks,” said Fire Marshal Joe Bongiorno, “together, we have a shared responsibility to keep our neighborhoods safe. Please help us in meeting that mission.”

DO:

  • Purchase your fireworks from a reliable seller.
  • Have an adult present to supervise all fireworks activity.
  • Inspect fireworks for damage before using.
  • Have a fire extinguisher or water nearby when setting off fireworks.
  • Ignite fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings, vehicles, and vegetation.
  • Set fireworks on a hard paved surface in a wide open area, with spectators 25’ to 100’ away from the ignition site.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in a bucket of water immediately after use, and before disposing in the trash.
  • Store unused fireworks in a cool dry place away from access to children.

DON’T:

  • Give fireworks to small children.
  • Point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Hold lit fireworks in your hand.
  • Set off fireworks in a large crowd of people.
  • Use fireworks by dry grass or flammable materials.
  • Experiment with homemade fireworks or attempt to alter fireworks.
  • Ignite fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Attempt to relight malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Use fireworks that appear to have gotten wet then dried, have loose fuses, appear old or show any other signs of mishandling.
  • Ignite fireworks if they do not have a “Safe and Sane” label on them.