Firework Safety

Firework Safety

While fireworks can be fun, Northstar Fireworks general operations manager Tom Swenson says you should be careful.

While fireworks can be fun, Northstar Fireworks general operations manager Tom Swenson says you should be careful.

"Fireworks are dangerous. They can be dangerous if used improperly."

At his store in East Montpelier, Swenson says there are easy ways to stay safe.

 "Bring out your water hose. Always keep your spectators back. We recommend a minimum of 200 feet."

He also suggests storing fireworks in a cool dry place, that kids can't get to.

Also, he says to place them on a flat, stable ground and always wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks.

"We recommend if you light something and it doesn't go off, don't go back to it. Let it sit for the evening. Douse it with water from your hose and mark it and check it in the morning."

Swenson says you need to be 18 years old to buy fireworks in Vermont.

He says what you can light off in your town can vary.

"I would check with your local officials regarding the rules and regulations in your town."

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