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Scott Fire Chief offers firework safety tips for New Year's

Posted at 6:34 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 19:34:56-05

Fire officials typically encourage leaving fireworks to the experts, but there are safe ways to enjoy the holiday tradition.

Scott Fire Chief Chad Sonnier says his department usually averages about four to five calls during the New Year's season. He adds that it's not the fireworks that cause the problem, but misuse.

"We recommend that an adult's around at all times whenever they're doing it, so that we're sure it's being done properly and safely."

Always read the given instructions on fireworks and light fireworks with a punk - one of these long sticks, meant to keep hands far away from any flames.

"Once you light it, you want to leave the area for about 30 feet, make sure you're clear until the firework leaves or finishes popping," adds Chief Sonnier. "If it doesn't finish popping and it's some type of malfunction, stay away for about ten to fifteen minutes, then go back and pour water on it."

Most importantly, fireworks should only be used in their intended way - never take them out of the ground to hold or throw them.

And of course, ask any questions you may have before making that fireworks purchase.