Carbon County cities to follow state guidelines on use of fireworks
With hot temperatures and dry conditions forecasted through Independence Day, local and state fire officials are cautioning residents to be cautions and mindful of the dangers associated with fireworks.
In Carbon County, public safety officials have no plans to place any special restrictions on the use of fireworks. Citizens will be asked to abide by the state laws which govern the types of fireworks which can be lit and the days in which it is legal to light them.
Price, Helper and Wellington have no plans to implement specials restrictions on fireworks. In East Carbon, however, residents are being asked to only light their fireworks at the Sunnyside Park in East Carbon on the Fourth of July and on July 24.
While the larger cities in the county have no plans for special restrictions, they have asked that citizens pay special attention because of dry conditions.
"We are asking that our residents stay away from dry vacant lots and homes," said Price City Fire Chief Paul Bedont. "We just want people to use common sense and be as safe as they can."
Bedont as well as officials in the city of Helper were clear about the fact that individuals can be held criminally and financially responsible for damaged caused by any firework which they ignited.
County official Jason Llewlyn also stated that he planned to follow the state's lead concerning fireworks and did stress the importance of using only products which are legal here in Utah.
According to fireworks distributors such as Phantom and monitoring organizations like the National Council on Fireworks, consumers who abide by the rules outlined on every firework make the products safe and fun for the whole family.
The council stressed that exercising good judgment and common sense when buying and using fireworks is essential.
"Buy your products from reliable, licensed dealers and beware of dealers who offer specials products from the back room that are not in compliance with federal law and are dangerous," warned a release from Phantom Fireworks. "You could subject yourself, your family and your audience to substantial danger when using these products."
The release cautioned that fireworks should be handled and ignited by a designated shooter, a sober adult who is familiar with the firework safety rules. Never allow children to handle the products or be in close proximity to the products.
During a show, make sure that those watching do so from a safe distance. It is recommended that onlookers stand at least 30 feet from the launch site of large fireworks
It is important to have a ready source of fire available in the event that sparks for a lit firework get away and begin to blaze. Fire officials recommend keeping a hose close at hand if possible.
For an extended list of fireworks safety recommendations, visit www.fireworks.com.