Setting off Fireworks Safely this New Years Eve

Posted at 9:13 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 07:03:06-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - For those choosing to celebrate the New Year, the Tallahassee Fire Department (TFD) is reminding you to stay safe tomorrow night.

They are asking the public to leave fireworks to the pros, but say if residents do choose to set off their own fireworks, be extremely careful.

The department says fireworks that explode or leave the ground are illegal, unless they have a "class c" designation.

Also, when putting out used fireworks, having a bucket of water or sand nearby is recommended.

In addition, they say only adults should be handling fireworks, as more than half of firework injuries involve kids under the age of 15.

"Children ages 5 to 9 are certainly the most vulnerable," says TFD spokesperson David Morrison. "Definitely want to have a designated shooter, is what they like to say, where you have an adult who's competent and is going to be careful and, you know, the one person who's in charge of, you know, any fireworks."

Having that designated shooter also means fireworks should never be around alcohol.

Finally, Morrison says just because some fireworks may be legal, that doesn't mean they're safe.