COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR FIREWORKS ACTIVITIES

COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR FIREWORKS ACTIVITIES

Noting that legal fireworks sales will commence in Doña Ana County on June 20 and extend through July 6, County Fire Marshal Adolf Zubia has compiled a list of safety tips for individuals who anticipate buying or using legal fireworks.
Zubia also noted that a ban on the sale and use of some fireworks is expected to be in place through the Fourth of July holiday period. That ban, he said, extends to all missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, stick-type rockets and some exploding ground devices.
Permissible fireworks for the upcoming holiday include: cone fountains, crackling devices, illuminating torches, smoking devices, mines, shells, Roman candles, wheels and firecrackers. Even these, however, can only be sold legally to individuals over the age of 16.
In an effort to minimize danger to life and property, Zubia suggested the following guidelines for safe use of fireworks:
1. Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source.
2. Follow label directions carefully, and use common sense.
3. Never point or throw fireworks at people or animals. Also, never throw them from or at a moving vehicle.
4. Remember that all fireworks, regardless of size, are fire hazards. Keep a fire extinguisher, a water supply, a bucket of dirt and a shovel handy, in case a fire inadvertently starts.
5. Designate an adult to light all fireworks. Children should never handle or light fireworks.
6. Discard and destroy, with water, any firework that has an obviously too-short fuse.
7. Treat all duds as live fireworks. Leave them in a safe location overnight, soak them in water in the morning and discard the soggy leftovers properly.
Even if everyone in Doña Ana County follows all the guidelines, Zubia said, burns are almost inevitable. If you suffer a burn, he said, cool it with water immediately and then seek appropriate medical attention, depending on severity.
Zubia said the best way to prevent firework-related property damage and injury is to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.
“The City of Las Cruces will put on a great show the evening of July 4,” Zubia said. “Take your family out to watch the professionals at work, and you won’t even have to worry about hurting yourself or your family members with fireworks at home.”
For more information, call the Fire Marshal’s Office at (505) 647-7709.