Valparaiso Police Department Fireworks Safety Tips for 4th of July 2015

valpopoliceThe Valparaiso Police Department is reminding individuals to think safety during the July 4th Holiday Weekend. The July 4th weekend has typically involved alcoholic beverages during weekend celebrations. Additional officers will be on patrol during the holiday weekend searching for impaired drivers. If you are going to consume alcoholic beverage plan ahead, be responsible and don’t drink and drive.

Safety Tips for Using Fireworks at Home Always purchase fireworks from a reliable source.

Use fireworks as directed on consumer product safety label; never alter products.

Observe local laws and use good COMMON SENSE.

Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.

A responsible ADULT should supervise all firework activities.

Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; AWAY from buildings and vehicles.

NEVER carry fireworks in your POCKET.

Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.

Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.

Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor trash can.