Springdale Fire Department Urges Safety With Fireworks

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) - With the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaching, the Springdale Fire Department is urging residents to take precautions when using fireworks.

Capt. Dustin Kelley said he recommends that residents have eye protection on when they shoot fireworks. Also, roman candles and sparklers should never be held in your hands.

"We suggest that you have eye protection on when you shoot them," he said. "Don't hold them in your hands, even fireworks or roman candles. A lot of people think that you can just hold the roman candle in their hand, but they're taking the chance of that roman candle exploding in their hand."

The captain said if you're under the age of 16 you must have someone 21 years or older to supervise you.

"When we say supervise, that means supervising," Kelley said. "That does not mean being home or being around the area. It means supervise them actually discharging the fireworks, so they're aware of what's going off and what the kids are doing with them."

Kelley said by taking the necessary precautions, you can have a successful holiday weekend.

"Even some adults are still a child at heart and want to do some of those bigger things, but things can get out of control quick," he said.

People living in Springdale can't shoot fireworks with sticks on them in city limits.