New Year's Eve is a major day for fireworks displays. Just like July 4th, the same rules apply, so let's review all those safety tips once again. You don't want to ring in a new year on a bad note.The National Council on Fireworks Safety has issued their top warnings for fireworks in order to keep everyone safe and within the law. Although the fireworks themselves go through a rigorous test before they even get to us it's still not fool proof so let's review a few of the rules to help make the holiday a happy one, not one spent in the ER.

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

For a full list of consumer fireworks safety tips and a safety video, please visit www.FireworksSafety.org.

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Please have a safe and happy New Year!!!