It’s New Year’s Eve and that means it’s time for fireworks. Just make sure that you keep safety in mind tonight as you ring in the new year.
While State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney encourages everyone to be safe, he says that children are especially susceptible to injures when fireworks are present.
“That’s especially important if young children are around, as they are often more likely to get hurt,” Chaney said. “The risk of fireworks injury is highest for young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.”
Sparklers, often a favorite with children, can reach up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
The State Fire Marshal suggests you follow these safety tips:
- Observe local law
- Use common sense
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Buy from reliable fireworks sellers. Store them in a cool, dry place.
- Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.
- Put used fireworks in a bucket of water and have a hose ready.
- Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass, and trees.
- Light only one item at a time and keep a safe distance.
- Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.
- Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
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