JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippians are being reminded to use extreme caution when handling fireworks this New Year’s holiday.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause an average of almost 18,500 reported fires a year.
“In particular, you need to be careful if young children are around as they are often more likely to get hurt,” said State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney.
He adds that anyone using or planning to be around any type of fireworks needs to be mindful of pets who may become frightened.
- Observe local laws. Those wishing to purchase and use fireworks should first check with their fire protection officials to make sure that local laws are being followed.
- Some municipalities prohibit fireworks from being used within city limits.
- Additional zoning regulations prohibiting the use of fireworks may apply in non-municipal areas.
- If you are unsure whether it is legal to use fireworks in your area, first check with local officials.
- Use common sense and always read and follow the directions on each firework.
- 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.
- Be careful with fireworks during New Year's
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