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Sending out 2020 with a bang? Fireworks can be fun if used safely

Published: Dec. 28, 2020 at 4:58 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - As 2020 comes to an end, many people are breathing in a sigh of relief and ready to welcome 2021. Every year around the world, people ring in the new year with parties, food and often fireworks. From big displays put on by cities to small home shows, many people enjoy the loud, bright and colorful explosions as they welcome everything the next year has to offer.

While shooting off fireworks at home can be fun, they are also dangerous if not used safely.

“Of course whenever you are lighting off fireworks there is the risk of potential fires if you got things sitting to close to it, or any explosions involving your hands,” said North Pole Firefigher Jenni Villarreal, adding that having someone who is experienced can help ensure everyone is safe.

Another important thing to remember is where the fireworks are being launched from. Rachel Greme owns Budget Fireworks and said that even in winter, location is important. “Just make sure that you have a nice open area that you are lighting them off in. Don’t let the kids get close.”

Greme went on to say that there are fireworks that are safe for kids, but even sparklers can be dangerous as they burn at over 1200 degrees.

Once all the fireworks have been lit, Greme said to leave them alone. “A lot of people think in the winter time that they aren’t worried about fire, but you do need to keep them out over night. Have a shovel available so you can shovel snow on them if something does catch on fire or go haywire.”

Villarreal also addressed viral videos of people shooting fireworks at each other saying they can cause serious burns - and while it may look fun, not to do it.

Following simple steps can ensure 2021 starts better than 2020 ended.

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