With New Year's Eve just days away, people all over the ARK-LA-TEX are gearing up for huge holiday celebrations. They're planning parties, buying fireworks and preparing for a big weekend full of festivities. And while the Shreveport Police Department wants everyone to have fun, they want everyone to have fun while being safe and considerate of their neighbors.
SPD sent out the following list of Firework safety tips:
-Always wear safety glasses and do not wear loose clothing when using fireworks.
-An adult should always be present and supervise the use of fireworks.
-Read all labels and follow all instructions before lighting fireworks.
-Light only one firework at a time.
-Have a safe landing zone for aerial fireworks. Consideration should be given to wind direction and ignitability of everything in the landing zone.
-Have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water on hand to extinguish any incipient fire.
-Never ignite fireworks while holding them. Put them down, then ignite them and walk away.
-Never ignite aerial fireworks where overhead obstructions (trees, eaves, wires, etc.) may interfere with trajectory into open air space. Never ignite aerial fireworks near an opening to a building.
-Do not point or throw fireworks at other people. Do not carry fireworks in your pockets. If one happens to ignite, severe burns may result.
-Always keep spectators a safe distance away.
-Dispose of fireworks only after you are sure they are completely extinguished. If needed, douse them with a hose and allow them to cool overnight.
It is legal to fire off Fireworks in the city of Shreveport until 10 pm nightly from December 15th through January 1st. On New Year's Eve, you can pop all the fireworks you want until 1 am the morning of January 1st.