Red Cross outlines safe use of fireworks as sales spike

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — As the Fourth of July approaches, Southern New Englanders are racing to get their fireworks for the holiday weekend.

Shops like Phantom Fireworks in North Providence said Friday could be the busiest day of their year.

“Most of our sales usually happen between the first and the fourth,” said Nikki Smith. “Even though we are here seven days before, our main money makers are between the first and the fourth.”

Smith’s pop-up off Mineral Spring Avenue has been running for a decade.

To those who light off fireworks this time of year, she said, “Be smart about it. Don’t be inconsiderate. Don’t light them off at 2 a.m.”

The American Red Cross told ABC 6 Friday that the safest option to watch fireworks is to find your nearest professional fireworks show.

“Never give fireworks to small children, and never point or throw fireworks at people’s animals, structures or any other flammable material,” said Jocelyn Hillard of the Red Cross’ Rhode Island region. “Make sure that if you are lighting a firework, you are doing it one at a time. We caution you to never light a dull firework.”

But for many, fireworks are an annual tradition that defines the Fourth of July.

One customer at Phantom Fireworks said, “[Fireworks] brings everybody together. At the end of the night, everybody circles around and shuts all the lights off. The kids have a great time with it. The parents have a great time with it. I know people get upset with noise, but if you do it right, it’s a good time.”

Fire departments and the American Red Cross told ABC 6 they are fully prepared for the dangers this weekend may present.
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