With the arrival of summer, State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard is suggesting that Marylanders attend public fireworks displays. "I would suggest the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public fireworks displays throughout the state," stated Barnard. To help Marylanders enjoy a safer summer season, the State Fire Marshal offers several ways to enjoy fireworks while avoiding injury:
* Consider attending of the numerous public fireworks displays scheduled throughout Maryland every year. Leave fireworks to the professionals.
For those individuals who insist on the use of consumer fireworks:
* Purchase the fireworks in the location where you intend to discharge them. In Frederick County, only gold label sparklers, novelty items, and ground-based sparklers are legal. It is illegal to discharge fireworks or possess with the intent to discharge any firework that explodes, rises into the air, moves across the ground or shoots projectiles into the air.
* Read and follow label warnings and instructions.
* Do not allow small children to use fireworks.
* Do not consume alcoholic beverages while using fireworks.
* Have a bucket of water or hose available.
* Fully extinguish remains of fireworks in water before disposal.
"Fireworks have been a long tradition of the 4th of July holiday celebrations. Please make safety your number one priority so everyone can enjoy the holiday season," adds the State Fire Marshal. "By acting responsibly, we can help eliminate fireworks injuries in Maryland."