Meridian Fire Officials are asking residents to use extreme caution when setting off legal fireworks this Fourth of July. Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer with the Meridian Fire Department says when purchasing fireworks, it’s important to keep in mind that some stands outside of Meridian may sell fireworks that are illegal.

Chief Niemeyer urges families to consider attending an event, rather than setting off their own fireworks.

“Here in Meridian we have a festival and fireworks display that is perfect for families who want to see a great fireworks show. This is a perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July” said Chief Niemeyer.

The Meridian Independence Day Festival and Fireworks event is at Storey Park on Wednesday, July 4 from 3:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Click here for more information on activities planned for that day.

If you do plan to use fireworks at your home, the fireworks must be legal and used with caution.

“A fire resulting in the misuse or illegal use of fireworks could result in the responsible party being financially liable for the first response and any damages. It is the responsibility of all of us to keep our neighborhoods safe. Please help us in meeting that mission,” said Chief Niemeyer.

For more information on the Meridian Fireworks Ordinance, click here.

FIREWORKS SAFETY

The following is a list of “dos” and “don’ts” that will help ensure you have a safe holiday.

• DO purchase your fireworks from a reliable seller.

• DO have an adult present to supervise all fireworks activity.

• DO inspect fireworks carefully before using.

• DO have a fire extinguisher or water nearby when setting off fireworks.

• DO ignite fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings, vehicles and shrubbery.

• DO shoot fireworks off of a hard paved surface in a wide open area.

• DO keep spectators 25’ to 100’ away from the firing site.

• DO light fireworks one at a time, wear eye protection, without your body over the fireworks.

• DO step out of the way quickly after lighting fireworks.

• DO dispose of fireworks properly, by dousing them in water immediately.

• DO store unused fireworks in a cool dry place.

• DON’T give fireworks to small children.

• DON’T point or throw fireworks at another person.

• DON’T hold lit fireworks in your hand.

• DON’T carry fireworks in your pocket.

• DON’T set off fireworks in a large crowd of people.

• DON’T use fireworks by dry grass or flammable materials.

• DON’T experiment with homemade fireworks or attempt to make your own fireworks.

• DON’T shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

• DON’T attempt to relight malfunctioning fireworks.

• DON’T attempt to fix fireworks that have not gone off or have misfired.

• DON’T use fireworks that appear to have gotten wet then dried, or have loose fuses, or appear old or show any other signs of mishandling.


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