Fireworks safety this New Year's Eve

MARION, Miss. (WTOK) - Many of you will ring in the new year by shooting fireworks, but there are several safety steps you need to follow.

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Children should always be supervised when shooting fireworks. Jeff Tate with Tate's Fireworks says kids 12 and under should never ignite fireworks. You should also never re-ignite a 'dud' that doesn't light the first time. One thing that's helpful when shooting fireworks this new year's is all the recent rain we've had.

"One of the main things we let people know is they need to water down where it is that they'll be shooting fireworks," said Tate. "Thankfully, we've had enough rain so we don't have to worry about that. We don't have to worry about the yard or forest fires. Do have a hose handy, have a bucket of water handy."

For those choosing to use fireworks, the Mississippi State Fire Marshal suggests following these safety tips:

• Observe local laws. Those wishing to purchase and use fireworks should first check with their fire protection officials to make sure that local laws are being followed. Some municipalities prohibit fireworks from being used within city limits. Additional zoning regulations prohibiting the use of fireworks may apply in non-municipal areas. If you are unsure whether it is legal to use fireworks in your area, first check with local officials.

• Use common sense and always read and follow the directions on each firework.
• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
• Buy from reliable fireworks sellers. Store them in a cool, dry place.
• Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.
• Put used fireworks in a bucket of water and have a hose ready.
• Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass, and trees.
• Light only one item at a time and keep a safe distance.
• Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.
• Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
• Never give fireworks to small children.
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.