Local business gives safety tips for disposing used fireworks
The fireworks season is in full swing. Several fireworks stores report being equally as busy on Friday as they were for July 4.
We often talk about firework safety while you are lighting the fuse, but another big safety concern is what you do after the big boom.
“Business has been great this year. We've had an awesome year,” manager Michele Privett says.
Exit 1A Fireworks in East Ridge has their hands full this holiday weekend.
“Our biggest purchase was around $6,000,” employee Anna Grace says. “I'm not their financial counselor, but that's a lot of money to spend on fireworks.”
“We're expecting to have a steady flow through the weekend,” says Privett.
Michele Privett is the manager of Exit 1A Fireworks and is always encouraging customers to stay safe.
“With fireworks there is always a risk. I mean because it is fire so you just have to take a little extra precaution,” Privett says.
She says what people don't always realize is fireworks safety continues after the firework goes off.
“Never bring the fireworks up close to your house after you're finished shooting them,” advises Privett.
Privett says you can't just put them in the trash when you're done either.
“Never put them in your garbage can with other garbage and brush until after you've doused them with water and let them sit for days,” warns Privett.
Water is key for the disposal of the explosives. Privett and Grace say they have seen horror stories where people don't soak them after they go off.
“We have seen some of the big boxes reignite into flames. Not shots, but they start burning again,” recalls Privett.
She says most unused fireworks have a shelf life of five years and if you plan to keep the ones you didn't use this year, consider possible fire hazards.
“You need to make sure you don't have them around your gas, water heater or in a garage that gets overly heated or some area like that,” advises Privett.