The Town of Fowler is following state rules this year, as there are no local fire restrictions presently in force.

Fire Chief Matt Thompson said, “We had a wet spring, but things are drying out in a hurry. Use caution.”

In Fowler, fountains and firecrackers that don’t leave the ground are OK.

The National Safety Council gives the following precautions about fireworks:

* Never allow young children to handle fireworks
* Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
* Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
* Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
* Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
* Never light them indoors
* Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
* Never point or throw fireworks at another person
* Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
* Never ignite devices in a container
* Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
* Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
* Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
* Never use illegal fireworks

Be careful with sparklers, which are more dangerous than most people think.

The NSC gives the following information: sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees, hot enough to melt some metals and quickly ignite clothing. Children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet.

Sparklers alone account for more than 25 percent of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries.

Consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.

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