Get ready for the sizzle and pop of fireworks to ring in the New Year.
Fireworks are allowed by law in Nebraska, and may be used from December 28 through January 1, 2011. Omaha City ordinance limits their use to between the hours of 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on those dates, with a two-hour extension, until 1 a.m., on January 1. Other area cities’ ordinances may differ from these rules, so it’s best to check with your city before purchasing or using fireworks. Iowa does not allow retail sale or personal use of fireworks anywhere in the state.
“Fireworks are a fun and traditional way to celebrate. But it’s important to remember that they can also be dangerous and must be handled with caution,” said Kay Farrell, president of National Safety Council, Nebraska.
Mishandling of fireworks can have dire consequences. Fireworks cause millions of dollars in property damage each year, and thousands of serious injuries.
The safest way to celebrate is to watch a public fireworks display rather than shooting off your own. For residents who choose to hold their own fireworks display, National Safety Council, Nebraska, recommends the following fireworks safety tips:
• Always keep a bucket filled with water nearby
• Keep a first aid kit with you at all times
• Use fireworks that are legal—go to a Nebraska vendor
• Follow the instructions on the package
• Never light fireworks in containers
• Never relight duds—wait 20 minutes before approaching, and then soak in your bucket of water
• Don’t let kids use fireworks or sparklers. Teens should be supervised while using fireworks
• Plan your show far from people, houses and cars. Remember that the wind can change direction quickly
• Don’t allow running or horseplay during the fireworks
Always use a designated shooter when coordinating your own fireworks display. That designated shooter should:
• Wear close-fitting clothes and sturdy shoes
• Wear safety glasses
• Stay alcohol-free
For more: Click here to go to SafeNebraska.org