(WTVM) – Fireworks safety is often overlooked during New Year's celebrations, but not following certain rules could lead to someone getting injured.
According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, New Year's Eve is the second highest grossing day of the year for fireworks.
APA and police say if you are planning on setting fireworks off, obey the following rules:
- Always have a sober adult in charge and never give fireworks to young children
- Shoot them off in a clear area
- Don’t aim or throw fireworks at another person
- Never hold fireworks when you light them, always keep them on the ground
- Light only one firework at a time and never approach or re-ignite one that doesn’t work
- Keep a water hose nearby in case of a misfire
The Columbus Department of Fire and EMS also added a post of warning to their Facebook page.
There are nearly two dozen different types of fireworks. In 2014, consumers spent 695 million dollars on fireworks.