For many in Utah, the use of fireworks has become a tradition. The beautifully colored sparks fly though the air in concert with thunderous reports. As exciting as this may seem, people often forget that they are playing with explosive materials, dangerous chemicals and combustibles that can destroy property, harm or cause death to unsuspecting victims. These deceptively simple objects explode, throwing unburned powder, hot sparks and embers through the air at high velocities and often create temperatures hotter than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Each year along the Wasatch Front, there are numerous fire related incidents that cause brush fires, injuries, and property damage. Here are a few tips for having a safe 4th and 24th of July!
- Santaquin City Fireworks Restriction 2016: No fireworks east of I-15 or in Summit Ridge.
- Purchase fireworks from reliable, licensed fireworks dealers.
- Read the instructions to help reduce chance of fire and/or injury
- Children shouldn’t handle fireworks. Adults are to supervise any activity that includes fireworks!
- Adults should never use alcohol, drugs or be otherwise impaired while engaged in handling, using, placing, or lighting fireworks.
- Use only legal aerial-type fireworks. These may travel as much as 200’ in the air! Use caution around dry grass, trees, homes, and other obstacles. Avoid lighting fireworks in windy conditions.
- Do not attempt to alter, change, repair or experiment with fireworks. Makeshift fireworks are extremely dangerous and illegal.
- Never use fireworks indoors, under carports, or in garages.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby or a hose with running water.
- Make sure spectators are out of range of all fireworks. Keep all un-used fireworks at least 30’ away from ignition area.
- Light fireworks one at a time. Keep clear of the firework. Never place a body part above or around a burning firework. Never hold a lit firework in your hand.
- Ensure all used fireworks have been soaked in water before discarding them into a trash can.
Fireworks are an American tradition. Safety and common sense are so important as we celebrate the holidays with fireworks. Shooting fireworks can provide hours of wholesome family entertainment, but must be use carefully and safely.
Adopted Resolution 06-03-2016 FIREWORKS