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July 3, 2018MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Devin Vinzant

Local officials urge firework safety this Independence Day

Fireworks are an American tradition on the Fourth of July, but officials are stressing safety as friends and family gather together.

The Missouri Division of Fire Safety urges individuals lighting their own fireworks this Independence Day to be cautious and plan ahead. State Fire Marshal Tim Bean says one of the best ways to be prepared for a fireworks mishap is as simple as keeping water nearby.

"Always have a bucket of water," Bean said. "Something that if a fire were to be created, you could put the fire out, or if you have a malfunction, make sure to put that in the bucket of water, let it soak up. Then you can put it in the trash."

Bean also urges Missourians to ensure that city ordinances allow for fireworks to be lit at their location, to put away pets so that they are not frightened or injured, and to ensure that the area is not dry, is clear of houses, trees, and other hazards. He also warns of the dangers of sparklers, which can seem more child-friendly or safe.

"When using these sparklers, they get up to five, 600 degrees, so if you're not careful you could experience a burn with that. If you do get burnt, we recommend you seek first aid, of course, but cool water is probably the best application at the onset with that. Then if you need medical attention, call and get that."

Bean adds that anyone who sees an unlicensed vendor or a vendor selling illegal fireworks should call the Division of Fire Safety. More safety tips are available here.