LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- The 4th of July is less than a week away and there are many safety precautions to keep in mind if you will be purchasing fireworks.
According to Alex Boone, a salesman at Louisiana Fireworks, there are at least three items that you should have nearby if your family will be popping fireworks.
“Always have a fire extinguisher, a bucket of water, or a garden hose nearby in case anything breaks out and catches fire,” Boone said.
The 4th of July is the second busiest time of year to buy fireworks, after New Year's Eve.
“I've seen people's hands get really hurt by and just even the small, tiny little dynamites, you can you can lose a limb, you can lose a finger,” Boone said.
Louisiana Fireworks recommend reading all directions that come with fireworks before lighting them.
“Set them down onto a level surface when you're lighting the bigger fireworks, and other things like bottle rockets, make sure you're using a tube or some sort of thing that will be stable enough to light it off without hurting yourself or others,” Boone said.
According to the Lafayette Fire Department (LFD), any person over the age of 13 should be okay to light fireworks on their own.
“They should be supervised because you never know what the what these kids may do so an adult should always supervise any underage individual who said no fireworks,” Alton Trahan, the LFD public information officer, said.
LFD usually responds to at least ten grass fires and one structure fire every 4th of July.
“Remember fireworks are prohibited in the city limits of the lafayette, you can’t sell fireworks or set off fireworks in the city limits. However, in a rural area or other small municipalities, you can,” Trahan said.
Louisiana Fireworks recommend soaking used fireworks in water after using them to make sure all fumes are put out.
If you don’t plan to pop fireworks at your own home, there will firework show during the sixth annual Uncle Sam’s Jam in Downtown Lafayette on Sunday, July 4th.