According to Columbus Fire Department Captain and Lead Driver Steven Burton, the Columbus Fire Department has been steadily busy with calls these past few weeks and has responded to 214 calls as of June 28th. This is 58 more runs than last year at this time.†

With the 4th of July quickly approaching and fireworks starting to go off daily, Burton said he would like to remind our citizens of some Firework safety tips to pass on to the kids, for personal safety as well as property.

∑†††††††† According to PREVENT BLINDNESS AMERICA, nearly 13,000 fireworks victims are hospitalized every year.

∑†††††††† More than half of those injured are children.

∑†††††††† Fireworks not only injure users, but also 40 percent of fireworks mishaps injure bystanders.

Donít under estimate the dangers of ALL Fireworks

∑†††††††† Use fireworks outdoors only, Period

∑†††††††† Obey local laws. If certain fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.

∑†††††††† Always have a source of water handy. (A water hose or bucket).

∑†††††††† Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.

∑†††††††† Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

∑†††††††† Use common sense.

∑†††††††† Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter.

∑†††††††† Keep young kids in sight at all times and always have adult supervision.

∑†††††††† Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."

Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can seriously kill or injure you or others around you. Report illegal explosives to the Columbus Fire or Police Department.

The Columbus Fire Department wants you to celebrate our nation's heritage on the Fourth of July, but as always, celebrate safely.

As always if you have any questions please contact the Columbus Fire Department at 620.429.1592.