HOT SPRINGS -- The Hot Springs Fire Department reminds citizens that the use of fireworks is prohibited within the city limits of Hot Springs unless a fireworks permit has been issued from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. For the residents of Garland County, the Hot Springs Fire Department urges the safe handling of fireworks.
There are several approved fireworks displays inside the city limits this year, including:
• Oaklawn Racetrack on July 3
• Magic Springs on July 4, 11, 18, and 25
• Greg Orr Marina (formerly Anthony Island) on July 5
Fireworks account for a large number of preventable fires and injuries each year. If fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
• Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers, considered by many to be the ideal “safe” firework for the young, burn at very high temperatures and can ignite clothing.
• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
• Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
• Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse them with water and throw away.
• Keep a water source handy in case of malfunction or fire.
• Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
• Never point or throw fireworks at a person.
• Light one item at a time.
• Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging. This can be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
• Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
An outdoor grill fire safety sheet is attached. For additional Information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, visit www.cpsc.gov . The Hot Springs Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and memorable Independence Day.