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The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department gives us a "refresher course" on how to safely handle fireworks

By Melissa Gaona, mgaona@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 01 2013 11:20:10 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 01 2013 03:24:30 PM EDT

WDBJ7 Mornin's Melissa Gaona is live from station #1 in downtown Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. -

The Roanoke Fire-EMS wants people use extreme caution if handling fireworks this 4th of July.

Here's a list of some tips to stay safe while handling fireworks:

Always buy from reliable sellers. Never buy illegal fireworks such as M-80s,M-100s, quarterpounders and blockbusters. These are federally banned explosives. Illegal fireworks are classified as any firecracker, torpedo, skyrocket or other substance or object, of whatever form or construction, that contains any explosive or inflammable compound or substance, and is intended, or commonly known, as fireworks that explode, rise into the air or travel laterally, or fires projectiles into the air.

Always read and follow label directions.

Use all fireworks and sparklers outdoors only. Keep them away from clothing and flammable objects.
    
Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
    
Light only one firework or sparkler at a time.
    
Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
    
Never give fireworks or sparklers to small children. Children under the age of 12 should not handle sparklers. They can reach up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit!
    
If you're caught with illegal fireworks it could cost you up to $1,000 or up to 6 months in jail.

For more information on firework safety, click here.