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Firework Safety: Things to know for the holiday

Posted at 4:44 AM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 09:04:12-04

TULSA, Okla. — Fireworks, barbecue, and a dip in the pool are all things we enjoy during the Fourth of July.

It's a time to celebrate with family and friends, but we want to make sure it's done the right way.

Fireworks can be very, very dangerous.

Maggie Brant, Director of Burn Care Agency for Adults says every year she gets patients who have burned hands, faces, or lost fingers.

Brant says be sure to make sure fireworks are put out properly to avoid fires that can spread in a community, or to a home.

Brant believes some injuries can be life threatening, so she recommends to seek immediate care in the case of an emergency.

Her message to parents this weekend is to stay safe, but also have fun.

“Watch little ones, closer than ever before. Have a a bucket of water where you are and leave majority of the fireworks to the professionals,” Brant said.

Brant also recommends wearing sunscreen, and to obey safety rules, like wearing a life jacket, if you plan to be by the lake.

We also spoke with the Tulsa Police Department. TPD says with so many local annual events canceled this year due to the pandemic, they are expecting many families to have fireworks at home. They warn it's against the law to fire off fireworks in Tulsa without a permit.

"We know it’s a lot of fun, you like it, but it’s against the law,” Jeanne Pierce with TPD said.

Those who do not follow, could be issued a $220 ticket.

“We ask that anyone who has been drinking, please don’t drive. Have a designated driver, call an Uber, call a friend. Please stay off the road if you’ve been drinking this weekend,” Pierce said.

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