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Following the law with fireworks

Post Date:06/25/2019 8:57 am

Fireworks stands are starting to pop up with the Fourth of July right around the corner but it is important to know what is and what is not allowed in Buckeye before you buy. Here is a quick guide to help you stay safe and follow the law with fireworks.

Fireworks Safety

Not all fireworks are legal in Arizona, and the law states fireworks are only allowed between June 24 to July 6, and from Dec. 24 to Jan. 3.

Only cylindrical, cone fountains, ground spinners, flitter and ground sparklers and illuminating torches are permissible.

Devices that shoot in the air and detonates is not permissible – including bottle rockets, firecrackers, Roman candles, etc.

According to the National Safety Council, more fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year. An average of 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and 17,000 other types of fires result in thousands of injuries.  

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Adult supervision is required at all times
  • Wear protective eyewear
  • Use them away from people, houses, dried grass, etc.
  • Light one device at a time
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of a fire
  • Don’t try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
 Firework Injuries: 240 people on average go to the ER every day with fireworks related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. 31% of the fireworks related injuries come from sparklers. 33% of the injuries occur in the ages from 25-44 years old.
  

Pets

Fireworks are great fun for most of us, but for our pets, it can be a terrifying experience. It’s important to prepare your pet and keep them safe during and after the July 4th celebrations.

More pets end up in shelters on July 5 than any other day or the year. Statistics show pets with identification tags are reunited with their owners faster than pets without ID tags.

Helpful Tips

  • Put identification tags on your pet, even if they are microchipped
  • Have a current photo of all your pets
  • Consider using a “comfort vest” on your dog to reduce anxiety
  • Discuss behavior therapy options with your veterinarian to reduce fear
  • Create a safe and secure environment for your pet
    • Inside is best
    • Turn on music to reduce the boom of the fireworks
    • Stay with your pets during fireworks, if possible

Details on the sale and discharge of fireworks in Buckeye.

Learn what type of fireworks are legal and illegal in Arizona.
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