We've been dealing with hot, dry weather for the last couple weeks here in Montana, and as a result, many wildfires (one, we know for certain, was caused by fireworks). Some counties have banned fireworks this year, it has been strongly encouraged not to use fireworks in Bozeman. If you are handling fireworks this fourth of July, here are some tips you NEED to know:

  1. Spray Down the Launch Site with a Hose Beforehand - If you're only setting off fireworks that stay on the ground, spray down a spot that's AT LEAST 30 feet in diameter. And obviously don't chose a a launching spot that looks dry.
  2. Keep A Hose Nearby - If a hose won't reach, have a fire extinguisher handy (A bucket of water is better than nothing).
  3. Be Aware of the Wind - If the wind picks up, let it die down before you set anything else off. Even one little spark can start a fire if it lands in the wrong place.
  4. Designate One Adult to Watch for any Sparks That Hit the Ground - If a fire does start, at least one of you needs to be paying attention so you can douse it as quickly as possible (and if you're all looking up, you might not notice right away).
  5. Don't Get Overconfident - Even if you're only using small fireworks, you can still start a fire or hurt yourself and others.