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Play It Safe This New Year

Last updated on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

(BEDFORD) - Play it safe, when playing with fireworks, and be sure to learn the Indiana fireworks laws.

With New Years Eve being the second most common day to use fireworks, besides July 4th, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging all Hoosiers to make sure that they take the necessary steps to be safe when they are using fireworks.

Deputy Chief, Steve Haverly of the Bedford Fire Department advises that "children or anyone under 18 should only use fireworks under the supervision of an adult", and to "make sure that you are in bounds with local fireworks laws", including knowing the times when it's OK to use fireworks and when its not.

Fireworks Law Provisions:
- Fireworks may be used only on the user's property; or on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks.
- Fireworks can only be purchased by person 18 years of age or older and children may possess or use any kind of firework when an adult is present.
- On Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day, and New Years Eve, fireworks may be discharged from 9:00am to Midnight. Any other day of the year fireworks may be discharged from 9:00am to 11:00pm, local laws may vary.

- Obey local laws, including ban of fireworks due to drought.
- Buy fireworks from a reliable source, licensed dealer.
- Read and follow all directions.
- Do not alter any fireworks or attempt to make fireworks.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
- Safety glasses are recommended for the person lighting or nearby the fireworks, such as a helper.

Location And Condition:
- Keep a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water nearby.
- Use fireworks outdoors, never indoors.
- Use in a clear, open area.
- Keep spectators a safe distance from the show.
- Be cautious of lighting any fireworks during strong wind conditions and light fireworks with prevailing wind blowing away from the spectators.

Fireworks Use:
- Designate one person to ignite the fireworks.
- Light only one firework item at a time.
- Never attempt to re-light, alter or fix any fireworks.
- Drinking alcohol and using fireworks do not mix.
- Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person.

And Remember Play it Safe When Playing With Fireworks

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