New Year’s Eve Safety Tips
While most fireworks remain illegal in New York State, a recent law has authorized counties and cities outside of New York City to legalize the sparklers and certain sparkling devices for those who are over 18 years of age. Here is the list of the jurisdictions that have opted to legalize sparkling devices in the state of New York.
Only use fireworks outdoors free of overhead obstructions and away from dry grass or other flammable materials.
Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
Never give fireworks to young children.
Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
Always have a bucket of water, and charged water hose, nearby.
Dispose of spent product by wetting it down and place it in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until morning.
Do not use illegal explosives or professional fireworks.
Do not use fireworks after consuming any quantity of alcohol.
Read the cautionary labels.
Never relight a dud. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.