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NEWS | July 3, 2024

Keep fire safe as our military community observes Independence Day

902d Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Prevention Division

As Independence Day arrives, it's essential to remember that fireworks, while a staple of Fourth of July celebrations, pose significant fire hazards.

For the safety of all, it’s important to adhere to strict regulations and guidelines concerning their use.

Fireworks are prohibited on military installations

The use, possession, and storage of fireworks are strictly prohibited on all military bases.

This policy is in place to prevent fire hazards, protect military assets, and ensure the safety of personnel and their families.

Off-base fireworks use: adhere to local laws

For those planning to enjoy fireworks off base, it's crucial to be aware of and comply with local municipal regulations.

Many cities and towns have designated areas where fireworks are either restricted or entirely banned. Always check with local authorities to determine safe zones for fireworks use.

Ignoring these regulations can result in fines or other penalties, not to mention increased risk of fire and injury.

Fireworks safety tips

When using fireworks in permitted areas, follow these safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable celebration:

  1. Choose a safe location: Only use fireworks in open areas, away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass, and other flammable materials.
  2. Keep water nearby: Always have a bucket of water or a garden hose ready in case of fire.
  3. Follow instructions: Carefully read and follow all safety instructions provided on the fireworks packaging.
  4. Maintain distance: Ensure spectators are a safe distance away from the fireworks launch site.
  5. Dispose properly: After the fireworks have completely burned out, soak them in water before disposing of them to prevent trash fires.
  6. Adult supervision: Fireworks should only be handled by sober adults. Never allow children to handle fireworks.

Report Unsafe Practices

If you observe unsafe use of fireworks or any fire hazards, report them immediately to local authorities. On base, contact your installation’s fire department or security forces.

This Fourth of July, let’s celebrate responsibly and safely. By adhering to regulations and practicing fire safety, we can ensure a joyful and incident-free Independence Day for everyone.

Stay safe and have a happy Fourth of July!