Staunton Fire Department urges fireworks safety

fireworksStaunton Deputy Fire Marshal Perry Weller is advising families to leave the fireworks entertainment to the professionals this July 4th.

“Setting off fireworks increases the risk of injury, and you may also risk violating local ordinances and state law,” Weller said.

Those who plan to celebrate at home with fireworks should be aware that certain fireworks are prohibited in the City of Staunton under Staunton City Code, 8.35.010 Fireworks. The code states that:

“It shall be unlawful for any person to set off, release or discharge within the city any torpedo, firecracker, 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 and which explodes, rises into the air or travels laterally, or fires projectiles into the air; and no person shall within the city sell any such articles without a permit.”

Weller said that safety and supervision of permissible fireworks are the keys to a successful, injury-free celebration.

Recommended safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety include: • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and wait to place them in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • Report illegal fireworks and explosives to 540-332-3842. Do not call 9-1-1 unless there is an actual emergency, such as a fire or injury.

According to state law, persons under 18 cannot purchase fireworks. Local vendors are required to obtain a permit to sell fireworks within the City limits. Aerial displays require a permit also, along with other state regulations that must be followed.


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