Fireworks safety for the New Year

December 29, 2017 - 12:40 pm
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It will be a cold New Year’s Eve, with a chance of rain, but that won’t keep some from their annual do it yourself fireworks show. With these conditions in mind State Fire Marshal Chief Butch Browning says you should talk to an expert before planning out your display…

"When you go into these stores, talk to these attendants and tell them what you are trying to do, tell them the ages of the people you are putting on your show for. They can give you some great advice."
 
Every device is different, and Browning says you should always read the package before firing the explosives.
 
“Each pyrotechnic actually has safety instructions on the packaging, but fundamentally you should never handle the device to light it.”
 
Licensed pyro-technicians are professionals with rigorous training and yearly recertifications. Browning says if you aren’t one, then you should limit the size of your presentation.
 
“Don’t try and put on the downtown fireworks show, you light one device at a time, not multiple devices. That’s where we see a lot of problems.”
 
Browning says even with damp conditions, make sure you have at least 300 feet of clear space before launching your fireworks.

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