Fire marshal reminds residents to stay safe this Fourth of July
With warm weather and family events, the Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before celebrating this year, the New Canaan Fire Marshal's Office offers the following tips for fireworks safety:
Only sparklers and "shower"-type fireworks are legal to sell and use in Connecticut. No aerial or exploding-type fireworks are permitted to be sold or used in the state. The Family Fourth in New Canaan offers a professional show;
Only persons 16 and older may use the above fireworks;
Always keep at least 30 feet away from spectators and structures and strictly follow manufacturer's instructions;
Make sure to be in a clear, open area with no dried vegetation or other combustibles that can easily ignite;
Never lean over a display when igniting;
Always have a garden hose or bucket of water available;
If a display fails to discharge (a dud), never look into it or pick it up -- let it sit and then dunk it in a pail of water;
Be mindful of neighbors and their safety;
Remember, most pets are terrified of fireworks, so take necessary precautions to keep them safe;
Be extremely careful of sparklers -- the metal sticks become red hot and can cause severe burns. Have a bucket of water available to dunk them in when they have expired;
Never ignite fireworks while holding them; always have a level, stable surface to set them on;
Don't throw used fireworks directly in the trash; keep them in a separate noncombustible container for at least 24 hours or soak them in a bucket of water to make sure there are no hot embers.
For questions regarding fireworks or any other fire safety questions, contact the New Canaan Fire Marshal's Office at 203-594-3030. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.