How to stay safe while lighting fireworks for the 4th of July

MEDFORD, Ore. – Before you start lighting your own fireworks, it’s important to be safe.

Medford Fire said to clear a large area, to ensure they don’t catch other items on fire.

When lighting fireworks, stay a safe distance away, once they’re ignited.

Have a bucket of water handy and soak fireworks and sparklers in the bucket, after they’re out.

“For discarding fireworks, you want to discard those in a non-combustible container, you don’t want to throw those in plastic garage containers, dumpsters especially when they’re up next to a building those can spread very easily to buildings and cause a lot of damage and put people at risk,” MFD deputy fire marshal Tanner Fairrington said.

Fairrington said to keep kids at a safe distance from fireworks as well.

If a firework doesn’t light when you try to ignite it, he said do not try to do it again, instead put it in the bucket of water.

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NBC5 News reporter Zachary Larsen grew up in Surprise, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. At ASU, Zack interned at Arizona Sports 98.7FM and Softball America. During his Junior year, Zack joined the ASU Sports Bureau. He covered the Fiesta Bowl, the Phoenix Open and major basketball tournaments. Zack enjoys working out, creative writing, music, and rooting for his ASU Sun Devils.
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