Fireworks enthusiasts can ring in the new year with a bang. As always, fireworks are illegal to set off inside the city limits. Unincorporated areas, however, are allowed to usher in the new year with fireworks galore.
Although it is legal in unincorporated areas of the county, officials still urge residents to use extreme caution when using fireworks.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers the following tips to stay safe:
• Do not hold a firework in your hand unless specifically stated in the caution label.
• Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
• Always have water ready, both in a bucket and in a charged hose, if you are using fireworks.
• Only light one firework at a time.
• Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Used fireworks should be soaked with water and placed in a nonflammable trash can outside; several feet away from a house, garage, deck area or anything else flammable.
• Do not use homemade fireworks, professional fireworks or illegal explosives.
• Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the police or fire department.
The Alliance for Consumer Fireworks and National Fire Protection Association highlight the dangers of consumer fireworks with a demonstration at the Massachusetts Fire Academy in Stow, MA, in July 2012.