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Mill City Fire urges firework safety

Everyone enjoys fireworks, particularly in the festive Fourth of July season. However, some fireworks can be dangerous.

The Mill City Volunteer Fire Department wants the community to be safe by following the following tips and guidelines:

• Only use legal fireworks.

• Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. 

• Only use fireworks outdoors. Non-grassy, clear and open area. 

• Children under the age of 18 should only use fireworks with adult supervision.

• Always have a bucket of water, or water hose, nearby.

• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

• Parents should pay special attention to children using sparklers. Sparklers reach temperatures up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Children should not touch the lit portion of sparklers, throw them or play games with them. Sparklers can be dangerous, if used improperly.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends that you only buy consumer fireworks from a licensed store or stand. Never buy fireworks from an individual’s house or from someone on the street. Typical consumer fireworks include fountains, cones, and sparklers. 

Illegal explosives are often unpackaged and are wrapped with plain brown paper. They are very unlikely to have any safety warnings, or place of manufacture. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding fireworks, call the Mill City Fire Department at 503-897-2390. 

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