Dothan Fire Department on how to stay safe with Independence Day fireworks

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With 4th of July this weekend, the Dothan Fire Department said it’s best to keep fireworks away from children even sparklers can be dangerous.

All exploding fireworks are prohibited within the Dothan city limits.

For areas where fireworks are permitted, the Dothan Fire Department has a few tips for people to be safe.

“Number one don’t allow children to shoot the fireworks,” said Chris Etheredge, Dothan Fire Department deputy fire chief. “We see a number of injuries every year in our emergency departments as well ass calls to 9-1-1 for children who have injuries to their hands or to their face specifically from the fireworks that they’re using.”

Etheredge said even children as young as 12 shouldn’t be using sparklers because the tips can cause serious burn damage.

On top of that, make sure you have a water source nearby while shooting.

“Never try to relight a dud firework,” Etheredge said. “If it doesn’t go off wait about 20 minutes, soak it in water so that you know that you’ve rendered it safe, but never try to relight those.”

Etheredge suggest that if you want to see fireworks, then go to a show and leave it to the pros. That’s the safest way to shoot.

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