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Tips to avoid a new year’s trip to the emergency room

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The Bossier City Fire Department is advising people who plan to celebrate New Year’s with fireworks to keep a few things in mind before lighting any fuses. 

During the holiday season, Bossier City’s fireworks ordinance allows fireworks to be sold and set off within the city limits from December 23 through January 1 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. except on New Year’s Eve when fireworks may be discharged until 12:30 a.m. Persons who discharge fireworks outside the designated dates and time periods can be subject to fines of up to $500 or up to 60 days in jail. 

When setting off fireworks keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent injuries: 

  • Young children should never be given fireworks to handle alone. Responsible adult supervision is a must. 
  • Always purchase fireworks from an established and reputable retail outlet.
  • Never shoot, aim or throw fireworks at people or animals. 
  • Keep a bucket of water handy for emergencies (ideal for soaking hot sparklers). 
  • Never try to re-light fireworks that have failed to discharge. Douse all failed fireworks with water and wait 15 minutes before properly disposing. 
  • Be aware of dry conditions. Never ignite fireworks on or near areas of dry vegetation. Doing so could spark fires. 

The Bossier City Police Department also urges residents not to discharge firearms into the air as part of their New Year’s celebrating. Not only is it illegal but it is also very dangerous. A bullet that goes up must come down and could kill or seriously injure someone. An initial offense for shooting a firearm in the air carries a fine of up to one thousand dollars, or a jail sentence of not more than two years, or both.