Our REALTORS® know that the Fourth of July is one of Ohio's biggest holidays, and starting this year, there will be new ways to celebrate at home. Beginning on July 1, 2022, Ohio's new fireworks law goes into effect, allowing adult residents to use consumer fireworks on certain holidays throughout the year. If you've just finished shopping for Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale and want to celebrate the Fourth of July in your new yard, it's important to practice good safety habits for consumer fireworks use.
- Get to Know Ohio's Fireworks Law
For Fourth of July Celebrations, the new fireworks law allows consumer fireworks to be discharged on July 3, 4, and 5. Fireworks can only be set off on your own property or another private property with the property owner's permission. Fireworks cannot be set off while under the influence. Before setting off fireworks, check the regulations for your community, as some communities are still considering local bans despite the new law.
- Stay Safe When Using Sparklers
To use sparklers safely, always use them outdoors, only use one sparkler at a time, keep sparklers at arm's length from the body, and avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing. Remember that children under 12 must always be supervised while using sparklers and dousing sparklers in water after use for safe disposal.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings When Discharging Fireworks
No matter what type of fireworks you're discharging, it's important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Know where people are gathered, whether there are any combustible materials in the area and the recommended safe distance for the type of fireworks you're discharging. Ensuring that everyone is at a safe distance helps reduce the potential for injury.
- Practice Safe Habits When Lighting Fireworks
Fireworks should always be set off by a responsible adult and should be set off from level, solid ground. If you don't have a safe, level place without combustible materials to set off fireworks, a flat, wooden board can serve as a substitute. Be sure that your hands and face are safe from the fireworks you're lighting and move to a safe distance once the fireworks are lit. Children should never be allowed near the area where you're lighting fireworks. Remember that you should never try to re-light a firework that didn't light correctly the first time.
- Know How to Dispose of Fireworks Safely
Having a hose and bucket of water handy is key to disposing of fireworks safely after use, as well as dud fireworks that didn't go off when lit. Hosing down spent fireworks can help avoid the types of small fires that are common after fireworks are discharged. Each community can have different rules for fireworks disposal, so it's best to check local regulations on how to dispose of fireworks safely.
- Be Prepared in Case of Injury
While practicing good safety habits goes a long way toward making fireworks use safer at home, there's no way to fully guarantee safety. That's why it's important to be prepared for the possibility of injury and have plans to care for anyone who has been hurt. Keeping a first-aid kit handy is a must, and you should also have a phone available to call 911 in the event of a serious injury.
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