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Tips for Fireworks Safety from Local Fire Chiefs

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With Independence Day coming up, local fire departments want to remind everyone to practice fireworks safety.

Davenport Fire Marshall, Jim Morris, says one of the risks is how people handle sparklers, bottle rockets, and other fireworks. He suggested alternatives to the sparklers, such as glowsticks and noisemakers, especially for kids.

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Davenport Fire Marshall, Jim Morris
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The departments advise adult supervision when children handle sparklers, which can reach up to 2,000 degrees. Those under the age of 18 are advised not to handle fireworks at all.

Firefighters have seen many injuries including the loss of a hand due to lighting fireworks while holding them and other unsafe practices. Other tips include avoid homemade fireworks, and don't attempt to relight a firework if it did not initially light.

Bettendorf Assistant Fire Chief Troy Said says it's important to be good to your neighbors.

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Bettendorf Assistant Fire Chief Advice

Being aware of your surroundings, while using fireworks on your property should include knowing where they're going and where they'll land. Fires on roofs, vehicles and other personal injuries have been known to occur.

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Bettendorf Assistant Fire Chief, Troy Said

Fireworks can cause more that physical injury, as well. Those suffering with PTSD, specifically military veterans, and people with pets are subject to the negative effects of fireworks.

All the fire departments recommend leaving fireworks to professionals, and enjoying displays officially hosted by local communities.

Previously, dates and hours for legal fireworks in the Quad Cities are July 3rd and 4th from 2 pm until 10 pm. Davenport's city council reviewed a proposed ordinance and voted to change these hours to 5 to 10 PM on the same dates. This ordinance will take effect this July.

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Susanna Kemerling is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2022 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for Media Studies in Communication and spent the last year working as a Teaching Assistant through the graduate program at NIU.