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New Year’s Firework Safety Tips From the National Council on Fireworks Safety

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Fourth of July, although the most popular, is not the only holiday where fireworks are used. New Year’s Eve is also a major day for fireworks displays. The same rules apply and so it is time to 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.

  • Know your fireworks; Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
  • Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks and use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
  • 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

Contact: Ralph Apel, Press Contact, at 913 579-4529.

Please have a safe and happy New Year!!!


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