SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - There's a growing concern about Utah's potential for wildfires. In just over two weeks many will be celebrating the Fourth of July, and setting off fireworks. Some are concerned that may spark some unwanted flames; because of that, ABC 4 Utah is showing you how to keep your fun family get-together from turning into a tragedy.
Fireworks can be a lot of fun to look at, but with Utah's fire danger levels right now they can also cause some serious problems.
"If you use them properly you'll have a great time, but if used improperly they can do a lot of damage and end up hurting some people," said Brian Nelson, Fireworks Frenzy, Owner.
That's why Brian Nelson, owner of Fireworks Frenzy wants people to handle fireworks the safe way. He said first up, make sure you have the right safety equipment. That includes protective eye-wear, gloves and a bucket of water just in case.
"From sparklers to aerials you should have the same safety equipment every time," said Nelson.
Nelson said once you've picked out the fireworks you want, read the label. You never know what tiny detail could make a big difference.
"It's easy, some of this you might be able to miss," said Reporter Brian Carlson.
"Oh ya, if you're not paying attention right," said Nelson.
He said make sure you place the firework on a hard flat surface and brace it with something heavy so it doesn't tip over. Next, mark off a safe distance for people to watch. Nelson said that's needs to be at least 75 feet if you're shooting one inch rocket tubes. With everything set, you're ready to light. Small propane filled torches can keep the fire away from your hands, nelson said now you can even buy remote starters.
"This little clamp is kind of like a clothes hook, inside here there's a coiled wire, kind of like a light bulb filament, and when you hit a button that ignites really hot, and lights the fuse," Nelson said.
However you do it, be ready for it go off, then stand back and enjoy the show. Hopefully you and you're family can watch the night light up, without your neighborhood going down with it.
Nelson also recommends once you're finishing lighting off each individual firework, you should douse it with water.
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