Fireworks safety for the Fourth of July in Alaska

Firework stands across Alaska are helping people celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks....
Firework stands across Alaska are helping people celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks. Staying safe while having fun with explosions is important. (John Dougherty/KTVF) (KTVF)
Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 4:25 PM AKDT
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Every Fourth of July people across the country buy fireworks to help celebrate the founding of the United States.

"Everybody gets excited when they see flashing lights... bright, loud sounds... everybody loves fireworks," said Phillip Carter who was buying fireworks.

With the fire comes danger, especially during the hot and dry summer months. Fireworks can start wildfires.

"Use them safely, make sure people are well supervised, of course alcohol and fireworks don't mix. Use them cleared area. Never point fireworks at people. Never try to relight fireworks that don't go off,” said Greg Taylor, Battalion Chief at the Fairbanks Fire Department.

Carter said that even though he wants the fireworks for fun, safety is most important. "We got the New Years fireworks you know, so the snow covers everything over. We are not doing anything extravagant. We are doing low pro stuff, kind of light small stuff. Right now it is hot, it is summer time, we don't want to catch anything on fire. So yeah, big bangs, loud fire stuff like that try to keep it to a minimum, maybe save some for New Years,” Carter said.

He said that the people selling fireworks are a helpful resource, "I came over here to Patriot fireworks, they are very knowledgeable about their fireworks. All I had to do was just ask and they pointed me in the right direction.”

Dan Augustine works for Gorilla Fireworks and said that the fireworks that people should use in the summer are different from the winter.

"A lot of folks tend to have fireworks left over from the winter, and so bottle rockets in particular, they are not sold during the summer. So if folks have carry over and they are planning to use them in the summer we ask them to be extremely careful or refrain from using them," Augustine said.

Chief Taylor also encouraged people to be safe with campfires and make sure they are fully extinguished before they are left.

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