Remember Firework Safety

In 2018, class “C” fireworks can be sold June 24 through July 25, Dec. 29 through Dec. 31 and two days before and on Chinese New Year’s Eve.

Discharge for fireworks are limited from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with July 4, hours extend to midnight, July 24 hours extend to midnight. Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Jan. 1, with Chinese New Year’s Eve being 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following day as well.

If New Year’s eve is on a Sunday and the county, municipality, or metro township determines to celebrate New Year’s eve on the prior Saturday (Dec 30), then a person may discharge Class C common state approved explosives on that prior Saturday within the county, municipality, or metro township.

Be careful and be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts. Do not use consumer fireworks. Keep a close eye on children at an event where fireworks are used.

NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)  is opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This includes sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

Fireworks cause an average of almost 18,500 reported fires per year. Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.

Soak all used fireworks in a bucket of water before disposing of them to prevent trash fires. Pets are sensitive to loud noises and may be frightened or stressed by fireworks. Keep your pets indoors and away from any fireworks to reduce the risk of injury to your pets and others.

Never light fireworks indoors. Limit your light show to the street and pavement. Do not allow children to hold, light or otherwise handle fireworks and burned firework pieces. Even sparklers can cause serious injury to children. Do not stand over or hold fireworks while igniting them. Only light one firework at a time. Back up to a safe distance immediately after ignition. Do not pick up or attempt to relight a firework that has not ignited fully.

To avoid firework hazards altogether, consider attending a public firework show instead.

Fireworks are prohibited in some areas so check with your local police department to see if fireworks are permitted in your city.

More information can be found at nfpa.org/education

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