Firework safety tips for New Year's celebrations - Tucson News Now

Firework safety tips for New Year's celebrations

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Behind the Fourth of July, New Year's Eve is the second biggest day for fireworks sales; and the stands are popping up all around town with dozens of different types and sizes of fireworks. 

Sparklers are legal everywhere in Pima County this New Year's, but that does not mean they are completely safe. 

They can burn hotter than 1800 degrees, and the embers can burn through clothes.  FEMA says almost half of all fireworks injures happen to kids 15 or younger. 

Here are a few tips to help avoid that:

  • Children should never handle fireworks
  • Always have adults supervising teenagers using fireworks.
  • Stay at least 30 feet away from homes and any plants.
  • Keep an extinguisher or garden hose nearby.
  • Do not re-light a firework that does not ignite in the first place. 
  • When picking up a spent firework, use tongs and put it in a bucket of water overnight to cool off.

Certain restrictions have relaxed in some areas, since the area is no longer in the fire season, but know what the limitations in the area are before lighting off fireworks.

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