<strong>LOGAN—</strong>Due to current and forecasted weather conditions coupled with extremely dry conditions and heavy loading of vegetation, very hazardous fire conditions exist throughout Cache Valley and the state of Utah. As a result, state and local officials have set fireworks restrictions throughout the state.
Restrictions are effective immediately and will continue throughout the summer. To view a full list of restrictions, visit the <a href=”http://cachefire.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>Cache Fire and Emergency updates website</a>.
Fireworks can be an exciting way to celebrate. Fireworks need to be treated with respect and care. Consider attending a professional fireworks display in place of lighting personal fireworks.
In Utah, some fireworks are illegal. Generally, if they are sold in Utah, they are legal to use in Utah. If you could not purchase the firework in Utah, it is not legal to light that firework in Utah at any time. When conditions make the risk of wildfire extremely high, many areas will not allow firework use of any kind. Check for local restrictions before lighting fireworks.
<strong>Here are a few safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety</strong>
<ul> <li>Use fireworks outdoors only.</li> <li>Purchase fireworks from a reliable licensed and legal fireworks dealer.</li> <li>Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them!</li> <li>Always have water handy (a hose or buckets of water).</li> <li>Only use fireworks as intended. <strong>DO NOT</strong> try to alter them or combine them.</li> <li>Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).</li> <li>Use common sense when using fireworks. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the fireworks. The person lighting the fireworks should wear safety glasses.</li> <li>Adults should never use alcohol or drugs or be impaired while engaging in handling, using, or lighting fireworks.</li> <li>Only persons over age 16 should be allowed to handle fireworks of any type.</li> <li><strong>DO NOT</strong> ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives; they can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.</li> </ul>
<strong>New aerial type fireworks are now lawful.</strong> Aerial devices, also known as “multiple tube”, “repeater”, or “cake” fireworks often look like miniature professional displays and can travel high into the air, as much as 150 feet. These fireworks need sufficient space from trees, carports, structures, power lines or other high or low obstacles. Aerial or “cake” fireworks need at least a 30 foot clearance around on the ground and at least 150 foot clearance in the air.
Not allowed still are – firecrackers, M-80’s, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, roman candles, single or reloadable mortars, and ground salutes. All local, state and federal laws must be adhered to.
Keep a bucket of water or running hose nearby during the time of lighting and disposing of fireworks and in case of an emergency. Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks. Keep all unused fireworks 30 feet away from the shooting area. Use caution with animals. Excitement, noise and lights can cause fear and stress.
Fireworks are an American tradition. Safety and common sense are important as we celebrate the holidays with fireworks. Shooting fireworks can provide hours of wholesome family entertainment, but must be use carefully and safely.