Fire mar­shal sug­gests at­tend­ing pub­lic fire­works

Sunday Star - - LOCAL -

With the ar­rival of the New Year, State Fire Mar­shal Brian S. Geraci is sug­gest­ing that Mary­lan­ders should at­tend pub­lic fire­works dis­plays.

“I would sug­gest the safest way to en­joy fire­works is to at­tend one of the pub­lic fire­works dis­plays of­fered through­out the state,” Geraci said.

To help Mary­lan­ders en­joy a safer start to the new year, Geraci of­fers sev­eral ways to en­joy fire­works while avoid­ing in­jury:

• Con­sider at­tend­ing a pro­fes­sional pub­lic fire­works dis­play in­stead of tak­ing the chance on a po­ten­tial in­jury from a pri­vate dis­play. Leave fire­works to the pro­fes­sion­als.

For those in­di­vid­u­als who in­sist on the use of con­sumer fire­works:

• Pur­chase the fire­works in the lo­ca­tion where you in­tend to dis­charge them. Check with the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity to de­ter­mine what fire­works are con­sid­ered le­gal for use in that area.

• Read and fol­low la­bel warn­ings and in­struc­tions.

• Do not al­low small chil­dren to use fire­works.

• Do not con­sume al­co­holic bev­er­ages while us­ing fire­works.

• Have a bucket of water or hose avail­able

• Fully ex­tin­guish the re­mains of fire­works in water be­fore dis­posal.

“Fire­works have been a long tra­di­tion of New Year’s cel­e­bra­tions. Please make safety your num­ber one pri­or­ity so ev­ery­one can en­joy the hol­i­day sea­son,” Geraci said. “By act­ing re­spon­si­bly, we can help elim­i­nate fire­works in­juries and prop­erty dam­age in the great State of Mary­land.”

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