Now that burn bans are being officially issued for many tri-state counties, this would be a good time to go over some firework safety tips. In most cases, fireworks are allowed during burn bans, but their use is STRONGLY discouraged!
Here is Indiana policy:
The use of fireworks is NOT covered under the “open burning” provisions of Section 307.1.1 of the Fire Code. In other words, issuing a burn ban does NOT prohibit or restrict fireworks use in your jurisdiction.
Indiana Code 22-11-14-10.5* prevents local ordinances from prohibiting the use of fireworks
(A) between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and two (2) hours after sunset on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8, and July 9;
(B) between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on July 4.
However, local fire departments and legislative bodies can certainly appeal to their constituents to voluntarily refrain from using fireworks during these times.
If fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
Observe local laws.
Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.
Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never shoot a firework at or near another person.
Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
Store fireworks in a dry, cool place. Check instructions for special storage directions.
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