FEATURE — Nothing says “Happy Fourth of July!” like celebrating with a little pyrotechnics. However, whether you prefer sparklers, ground bloom flowers or high-flying aerials, TNT Fireworks wants to make sure that everyone is celebrating safely.
One of the most important safety tips consumers should know when purchasing fireworks is to buy local and not go out of state for illegal fireworks. TNT regional manager BJ Burt told St. George News that when it comes to buying fireworks from their stands, this has two main benefits: community support and safety.
From a community standpoint, Burt said, purchasing from a TNT stand is a way to support local families and nonprofits.
For each fireworks stand, TNT Fireworks supplies the fireworks, physical structure, licensing and location, but it is local families, church groups and nonprofit organizations who run the individual stands, engage with the community and earn the money, Burt said.
For more information on the TNT fundraising program, click here.
From a safety standpoint, Burt said there is a reason certain fireworks that can be purchased out of state are illegal. Buying from a local TNT Fireworks stand ensures that all fireworks purchased adhere to state regulations.
TNT Fireworks makes it a priority to sell the highest quality fireworks, he said. All fireworks sold at TNT stands have been tested to ensure that they are performing to the best industry safety standards.
“If used correctly, fireworks are safe,” Burt said, adding that they want people to have fun, but they don’t want anyone getting burned or starting a fire.
To help ensure customer and neighborhood safety, Burt offered the following tips:
Be ready to extinguish.
- When lighting fireworks, make sure to have a large bucket of water, hose or fire extinguisher at the ready.
Keep your distance.
- When using aerials, make sure to stay at least 30 feet from any overhang, and do not light fireworks near dry brush, river corridors, hillsides, plateaus, natural terrain, golf courses and undeveloped open space.
Support firework bases.
- Avoid placing fireworks on uneven surfaces, and support lighter fireworks’ bases with bricks to avoid tipping.
Be aware of children and pets.
- Before lighting any fireworks, make sure all children and pets are accounted for and that they are being properly supervised.
Follow all mandated regulations.
- According to a new law passed during the most recent Utah legislative session, fireworks can only be discharged between July 2 and July 5 and again between July 22 and July 25 to celebrate the Pioneer Day holiday. Make sure to also follow all local firework regulations as specified by area fire and government agencies. Statewide fire restrictions and wildfire information can be found online.
So make the decision to be safe and smart, and then be sure to get out there and support your local community by purchasing from TNT Fireworks.
In addition to purchasing fireworks for personal use, there will be a free fireworks show July 4 starting at 10 p.m. on the Dixie State University encampment mall as part of the 99.9 KONY County 4th of July Celebration featuring Scotty McCreery.
About TNT Fireworks
TNT Fireworks is a wholesale supplier of quality fireworks. The brand offers an array of fireworks options, from family-friendly favorites like Pop-Its, sparklers and smoke bombs to fountains, aerials and assorted packages.
“We have pretty much anything to entertain you and your family on the Fourth of July,” Burt said.
Across Southern Utah and parts of southern Nevada, TNT Fireworks locations are now open, and area residents are ready to help customers find the best selection for their Fourth of July celebrations.
A full listing of locations can be found on the TNT Fireworks website.
Written by HOLLIE REINA, St. George News.
- TNT Fireworks | Locations | Facebook | Website.
- Map of statewide fire restrictions.
- Fire restriction order for southwest Utah effective June 1.
- Links to other fire restrictions and wildfire information statewide at Utah Fire Info.
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