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Fire marshal urges July 4 fireworks safety with new guidelines

BUCKHANNON — Celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks is a time-honored tradition. However, the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to prioritize safety when using fireworks, especially now that consumer fireworks are legal and widely available across the state.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office shares safety guidelines from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Obey local laws.
  • Parents and caretakers must closely supervise teens using fireworks.
  • Young children should not handle or use fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks. Read warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • Have a designated shooter organize and shoot your family show.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  • Always have water ready when shooting fireworks.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Never place any part

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