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Firework safety tips to bring in the New Year

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) -  As the year 2014 draws to a close, many people will bring in the New Year with fireworks, but before you light up, there are some safety tips to keep in mind.

David Chancellor with Big Pop's Fireworks in Ellisville said fireworks can easily malfunction if they are not used properly, so if they fail to ignite stay away.

“At least give that firework a good fifteen minutes.  Don't go over there looking and trying to inspect and find out why, because sometimes when you get over there, it will go off an hurt you,” he said

Chancellor said fireworks can be just as dangerous as they are fun, so remember to always keep safety first.

Here are some additional firework safety tips from the National Council on Firework Safety:

·         Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks

·         Only Use fireworks outdoors free of overhead obstructions and away from dry grass or other flammable materials

·         Never give fireworks to young children

·         Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks

·         Dispose of spent product by wetting it down and place in it in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials.

·         Always have a bucket of water, and charged water hose, nearby.

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