“We don’t want to be fighting a field fire on the Fourth,” said Ledford. “My advice is that with the dry conditions and increased fire risk to go to other places where they have professionals to put on a great show. You don’t have to spend any money or risk getting hurt.”
Ledford gave The Cadiz Record a list of tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety. Tips include:
• Always read and follow label directions.
• Have an adult present.
• Buy from a reliable seller.
• Use outdoors only.
• Always have wayer (garden hose and bucket) handy.
• Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Never re-light a “dud” firework. (Wait 15-20 minutes then soak in a bucket of water)
• Never give fireworks to small children.
• If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
• Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water then disposing of them in your trashcan.
• Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
• The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
• Stay away from illegal explosives.
Ledford referred potential users to http://hbc.ppr.ky.gov/fireworks.htm for additional statutes regarding fireworks. According to the statutes, the legal age of purchase for fireworks in Kentucky is 16.
“I encourage people to go to the public displays at (Lake Barkley Lodge) or Ft. Campbell. That way there is no risk or hassle, especially with the area as dry as it is,” said Ledford.