Unified Fire Authority releases fireworks restrictions details

Posted at 8:59 PM, Jun 19, 2013

SALT LAKE COUNTY — The Unified Fire Authority has recommended firework restrictions that will be enforced in Salt Lake County throughout the Independence Day and Pioneer Day holidays.

According to a press release from the Unified Fire Authority, fireworks can be discharged between July 1 and July 7 as well as between July 21 and July 24. Fireworks can be discharged between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. on those nights, except on July 4 and July 24, when the time frame is extended until midnight.

According to the press release, fireworks are prohibited in some areas due to fire hazards. The release also said fireworks should be discontinued during times of high wind, precipitation or other adverse weather.

An interactive map showing fireworks restrictions in Salt Lake County can be found at UFA’s website.

The UFA provided the following tips and facts regarding fireworks safety:

• Obey local laws

• Always read and follow label instructions

• Have an adult present

• Kids should never play with fireworks. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800° F — hot enough to melt gold

• Purchase only legal state of Utah approved fireworks

• Use fireworks outdoors on a hard and level surface

• Steer clear of others – fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction

• NEVER throw or point fireworks at someone

• Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and other flammable substances. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year

• Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear some sort of eye protection, and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off

• Have water on hand

• Never modify or attempt to make your own fireworks

• Light one firework at a time

• Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and may explode at any time

• Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash

• Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed around fireworks. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured

• Use common sense

• Nearly 90 percent of emergency room fireworks injuries involve legal fireworks