TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As you and your family prepare to ring in the new year, local fire crews want to remind you to be safe.
The Northwest Fire District said the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve are the biggest days for firework use.
The NWFD said if you aren’t careful, you could end up in trouble or in the hospital.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind during your celebrations.
- Set off your fireworks in an open space. Captain Brian Keeley, spokesman for NWFD, suggested an area with dirt, concrete or asphalt -- away from brush or any structures.
- Leave it to the adults. Keeley said fireworks are not safe for children and urge adults to take charge. While your kids may want to get involved, it’s important that they watch from a safe distance.
- Be careful with faulty fireworks. If a firework doesn’t ignite, don’t walk up to it right away. Keeley said it could go off and injure you - meaning you could end up spending the new year in the hospital.
- Have a bucket of water ready and never put used fireworks in the trash. Let them soak in a bucket of water overnight.
- Make sure they’re legal. Keeley said everyone should make sure the fireworks they are using are legal. Laws differ from state to state and from city to city. The last thing you want is police showing up during your celebrations.
Keeley said it’s very important to keep all of these in mind as you ring in the new year. He said the biggest mistake people make is not choosing an appropriate location.
“If you’re not setting them off in a big open area, there’s a chance that it goes off there’s a misfire or something and if it gets too close to brush it can start a brush fire," Keeley said. “That can spread quickly.”
For more tips, go to www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips/