With the fourth of July holiday coming up, the Chillicothe Fire Department is reminding residents about firework safety. Click to hear KMZU’s Brian Locke speak with Assistant Chief Joe Darr.
Darr said many precautionary steps can be taken to avoid accidents. “What we want to stress is to make sure that when you set your fireworks off you have a clear area. Make sure there is no dry vegetation, and that you are away from all houses. You should have a supervised area for the kids. Also, everyone should make sure not to pick up an unexploded firework. If the firework just malfunctioned leave it be and let it lay for a while.”
Darr added residents should always be prepared in the case of a fire. “Always have some way to put a fire out. In case a small fire starts due to fireworks have a can of water or some other way to distinguish the flames on hand. You want to do anything you can to avoid the fire from getting bigger.”
Fireworks may not be set off in Chillicothe until July 4.