South Bend Fire Department issues safety reminder regarding NYE fireworks

(Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC)

The South Bend Fire Department would like to remind residents to remain safe if they plan on using fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Fireworks within city limits are allowed on Dec. 31, 2020 starting at 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2021.

Fireworks must be used on your own property. The City ordinance doesn’t allow for fireworks at any time in any public street or public park.

Never allow young children to handle fireworks, and only allow older children to use under close adult supervision. Don’t use fireworks if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Don’t light fireworks indoors under any circumstances. Only use them away from people, homes, and any type of flammable material. Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Finally, when you are done with your fireworks, soak them in water for a few hours before discarding. The bucket of water you have nearby while lighting them in case of a fire will work perfectly.

A final firework tip when handling sparklers. Sparklers burn at around 2000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals. They can quickly ignite clothing and cause burns to areas of the body. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers account for more than 25% of emergency room visits and fireworks injuries. If your kids are using these, keep a close and watchful eye on them, and don’t become a statistic.

Stay safe and Happy New Year! Enjoy the day responsibly.

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