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!!!