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New Year Firework Safety

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The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals.

We usually talk about firework safety for the Fourth of July, but many New Year celebrations also include fireworks.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Be sure you and your family stay at least 500 feet away from the show to ensure your safety.

If you’ll be setting off fireworks at home, choose a location away from buildings and trees. Be sure your spectators – especially children and pets – stay well back. Keep a supply of water or fire extinguisher at hand – a stray spark that lands on dry grass or leaves can lead to a fire.

Finally, setting off fireworks is illegal in certain parishes throughout Louisiana. Make sure you are in compliance with local laws before setting off fireworks on your own.

Here are some additional safety measures for those who plan to set off fireworks:

  1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
  5. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  6. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  7. Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

 

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