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Fireworks safety tips for your 4th of July

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The Shreveport Fire Department is once again offering some tips on how to be safe for the Fourth of July.

Fireworks on the Fourth of July is synonymous with summer fun and celebrating Independence Day but unsafe use of fireworks can cause serious injuries resulting emergency room treatment, permanent scarring, loss of vision, dismemberment, severe burns, lifelong disfigurement or even death. 

Fireworks may be purchased and sold in the City of Shreveport through 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5," said Chief of Fire Prevention Pat Dyas. "It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, ignite or explode fireworks in the city limits between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.  It shall be unlawful for any person to at any time possess, sell or use any type of bottle rockets or sky rockets with sticks."

For more information on fire or injury prevention issues contact the Shreveport Fire Department Prevention Division at 673-6740.

To report any fireworks issues citizens can call  the non-emergency number for the Shreveport Police Department at 318-673-BLUE(2583) extension 3.

SFD offers the following Safety Tips:

The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays put on by professionals   who know how to safely handle fireworks.
If you plan to use fireworks, make sure you do so legally.
NEVER discharge fireworks indoors
NEVER allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
ALWAYS supervise children around fireworks
ALWAYS have water handy (a garden hose or bucket)
NEVER pick up or try to re-ignite a dud 
ALWAYS read the warning labels and follow directions for igniting
NEVER hold a firework in your hand to ignite it
NEVER place an ignited firework on any part of your body
NEVER point or throw fireworks at another person

Some additional tips, courtesy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

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