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Safety Tips for Fireworks Fun

Safety Tips for Fireworks Fun



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Shelley Osterloh ReportingAs firefighters continue to try and contain wildfires in the Southern part of the state, officials have a different concern heading into the 4th of July weekend--fireworks.

Holiday firework sales are booming. It isn't hard to find stands selling a little Fourth of July fun. Officials hope in addition to having fun people also have a little common sense.

"We cannot let our wet winter and spring lull us into some sort of complacency. While this has kept the danger of wild land fire relatively low, it produced large area of thick tall grasses."

In light of the holiday and the dry conditions, Governor Huntsman and other state officials met today to remind people of the potential dangers weekend celebrations may pose.

"With the 4th of July and the 24th of July approaching, we want to remember above all to use common sense at our celebration."

It's a common reminder, but an important one. Last year fireworks caused 31 Utah fires. A fire in Saratoga Springs last July was a result of a patriotic celebration gone wrong.

Signs are posted to remind people of off limit areas; firework restrictions apply to locations east of Wasatch Drive, north of 11th Avenue and west of I-215. Governor Huntsman had a few firework safety suggestions too.

-Confine fireworks to vegetation free areas.
-Always have an adult present.
-Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose ready handy.
-Light only one firework at a time.
-And, before you dispose of fireworks, soak them in water.

Firework safety concerns are not just limited to humans.

Nancy Carpenter, Veterinarian: "Some animals are quite fearful of it they don't know what's going on, and it can be very devastating."

Nancy Carpenter is a veterinarian at the Hogle Zoo. She says while the animals at the zoo are far enough away from the commotion to be affected, everyday house animals can suffer anxiety

Nancy Carpenter: "Most pet owners that really have gone through an experience with their pet, they want to do whatever they can to make sure their pet doesn't go through that again."

There is anti-anxiety medication available if your pet tends to get upset during loud noises, but Nancy said they best thing is just to be home with your animal and to know its fears and tendencies.

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