Lafayette Fire Department stresses holiday safety

Follow safety tips as you pop fireworks

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 11:33am

As many already know, with fireworks comes safety hazards.  The Lafayette Fire Department has issued out precautionary measures to take as you celebrate this holiday.  Fire Chief Robert Benoit says the number one way to be completely safe is to go enjoy a professional firework display put on throughout the city instead of popping them yourself. 

"If you're going to shoot fireworks, you can't purchase them and you can't shoot them in the city limits of Lafayette.  You can shoot them in the unincorporated areas of the parish, and you can also buy them there.  You have to be at least eighteen years old to buy them, and if you're going to use them make sure that you're going to practice good safety tips with it and use common sense," says Chief Robert Benoit, Lafayette Fire Department.

A couple of tips are to make sure you have a bucket of water nearby while shooting your fireworks.  Do not shoot any rockets or anything that is going to leave your premisis and go onto someone else's property.  If someone else's property happens to set on fire you will be liable.  The hours you are able to shoot have been extended for tonight.  You will be able to shoot from 8 am until 1 am.  Every other day the hours to shoot are from 8 am to 10 pm.  If you are caught shooting after these hours police can and will issue citations.

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