Use fireworks with caution during celebrations

Published 7:00 am Saturday, December 29, 2018

Recent rains within Pearl River County mean a burn ban will not be put into effect for New Year’s Eve, but caution should be employed when celebrating the New Year’s holiday with fireworks.

Even though there is a lessened risk of starting a woods or some other fire due to the use of fireworks, there are some safety tips to keep in mind to prevent a need for a trip to the emergency room.

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Within the city limits of Picayune, it is legal to use fireworks from Dec. 5 to Jan. 2, according to Section 58-3 of the city’s ordinance, so city residents can celebrate legally. It is lawful to use fireworks within Pearl River County outside of a municipality.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety suggests employing the following safety tips.

All fireworks should be lit by and supervised by an adult. When lighting a firework, light only one at a time, and move a safe distance away.

Fireworks that do not explode after being lit, should be left alone for an appropriate amount of time, and never be re-lit. Instead keep a bucket of water nearby to soak duds in. A charged water hose should also be kept within reach in case it is needed quickly.

Carrying fireworks in a pocket is not advised. Using a metal or glass container to shoot fireworks is also an unsafe practice.

All fireworks should come from a reputable dealer, and not be modified to create a homemade explosive device.

Consideration of a pet should also be of importance. Pets should be kept indoors in a quiet place within the home during a fireworks display.