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Pocatello Fire Dept. encourages residents to keep fireworks displays “safe and sane” over Fourth of July

June 29, 2018 GMT

POCATELLO - A day of celebration is one of the busiest of the year for the Pocatello Fire Department.

Firefighters are asking citizens to remember the mantra of “Safe and Sane” during the days around the Fourth of July.

“The danger of irresponsible firework use is all too real for our community,” said Kim Stouse, Community Relations/Education Specialist with the Pocatello Fire Department. “Last year, one home was destroyed and another severely damaged when the Bitterroot Drive Fire was ignited by fireworks.”

To help keep your celebrations “Safe and Sane” in 2018, firefighters have following tips:

- Buy only those fireworks that are legal for the City of Pocatello.

- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks – instead soak them with water and throw them away.

- Do not ignite fireworks in a container

- Do not give fireworks to small children and closely supervise older children.

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- Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from houses and flammable materials and keep a bucket of water or a water supply nearby for emergencies.

- Light all fireworks with a long-handled lighter, jumbo punk or a flare.

- Allow adequate time for the fireworks to cool prior to disposing.

- Make sure all the fireworks are dead out and there is nothing smoldering in the area.

Firefighters would also like to add:

- Fireworks are banned in the Wildland-Urban Interface portions of Pocatello. To view a map of the areas where fireworks are prohibited, visit pocatello.us/DocumentCenter/View/4733/Pocatello_ChubbuckWUI.

- Pets and fireworks do not mix. Many pets become stressed and fearful during this season, and will try to hide or run away from the noise and lights. Make sure your pet has somewhere safe and secure to hide.

- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries in 2015 according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

For more information on firework safety, visit nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Fireworks.