State Fire Marshal Offers Buying and Using Tips as Independence Day Fireworks Retail Sales Begin | recent news

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With tents and fireworks stands popping up across the state this week, the state fire marshal’s office is urging all Louisiana residents to not only be safe when using fireworks, but also informed when buying them.

More than 500 retail fireworks permits have been issued for the July 4, 2022 season, as it is state law that wholesale and retail firework operators are duly authorized by the SFM, in the parishes and municipalities where they are legally authorized.

Sale season runs until 11:59 p.m. on July 5.

The SFM encourages families first and foremost to choose to enjoy public fireworks rather than creating their own. However, if you prefer to buy fireworks, we advise families to check whether the stand they are buying from has been authorized by this office.

You can ask to see the authorization information of any retail fireworks business you patronize. SFM encourages the reporting of any suspicious or illegal fireworks sales at 1-800-256-5452 or by visiting our website, lasfm.org.

Additionally, the state fire marshal’s office hopes people will enjoy the fireworks in the safest way possible. A US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study shows that an average of more than 200 people visit the emergency room each day for fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4 holiday.

To avoid being part of this statistic, the SFM advises:

— Explosive devices at least 200 feet from structures, vehicles and garbage

— Never allow children to light fireworks

— Never use fireworks while impaired

— Light the appliances one by one and monitor the embers released with a bucket of water or a nearby hose

— Discard the objects that have exploded by wetting them to prevent them from reigniting and not immediately throwing them in a trash can

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