Using Caution While Celebrating

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

The sun is still on it's way up but fireworks vendor,Gary Meidinger and his sons are already awake and opening their tent; preparing for a busy day.

His tent is located on the out skirts of Lauderdale County on highway 19, where fireworks are legal...a prime location for anyone preparing to celebrate the New Years with a bang.

":A lot of people come in for bottle rockets, cakes, and roman candles." says Meidinger, adding "And of course the kids stuff."

The "kids stuff" is what worries fire prevention specialist Ginger Hand the most.

"According to the NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration," cites Hand, " over 10,000 injuries are caused annually by fireworks. They are dangerous and are especially dangerous to small children."

Meidinger agrees that fireworks should be used with caution. And if you plan on shooting off any fireworks he recommends using safety

"Make sure you stay aware of what you are doing. Look at what trees are around. Do you have water? Make sure it is a good flat area."

If you are planning on hosting your own fire works party don't think the smallest ones are the safest. In fact, the most expensive fire work in the whole tent was an $80.00 Black Cat assortment box. Surprisingly, it is not the most dangerous. The $4.00 Roman Candles are what commonly misfire.

"A lot of people want to try and hold them in their hands." explains Meidinger. "Sometimes they will pop out of the back side of it."

So if you are planning on lighting up the sky this New Years remember, "Just be careful."

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