Davsson: Safety first this Fourth of July

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Monday, July 2, 2018

As we celebrate our country’s independence by coming together and spending time with loved ones and friends, let’s also remember those who sacrifice so much so our country may continue to be free. While observing this holiday with parades, cookouts and fireworks, use caution when taking part in these traditions, practice safety handling fireworks and be mindful of Indiana’s firework laws for a safe Fourth of July.

Keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age or older to purchase fireworks, and minors must have an adult present to possess and use them. When using fireworks, you must be on your own property, on the property of someone who has given you permission, or at a location designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal.

Please remember that statewide ordinances allow for the use of fireworks between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. That time is extended to midnight on the Fourth of July. Be sure to check your town ordinance, however, as some local rules may be more restrictive.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 12,900 injuries nationwide relating to fireworks in 2017. When observing our nation’s birthday with fireworks, remember to read caution labels and performance descriptions before igniting. Wear shoes in the vicinity of fireworks; only light off one firework at a time and quickly move away; only use them outdoors and away from buildings, vehicles, and trees; and never relight a “dud” firework. Also be sure children and animals are a safe distance away.

Keep in mind that alcohol and fireworks do not mix well.

I hope everyone stays safe this Fourth of July and practices caution when handling and launching fireworks. Take a moment to remember and thank those who protect our freedom, and the countless lives that have been lost since our country’s independence so we may remain free. I hope everyone has a happy Fourth of July with friends and family this year and, as always, you can reach out to my office by contacting 317-232-9769 or h73@iga.in.gov.  

 

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Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County, and portions

of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties. 

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