EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. -- East Fishkill residents will have to stick to sparklers when it comes to thrills for celebrating July 4.
According to police, although state law allows sparklers to be used, exploding or rocket-type fireworks are still illegal and any residents caught with them may receive a ticket or even be arrested, depending on the type of fireworks they are using.
Even sparklers can be dangerous, burning at temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees and can cause injury to eyes and burn fingers of children, so police are reminding residents of the basic safety procedures when using them, including:
- All sparklers are for outdoor use only; never use indoors.
- Always wear eye protection when using sparklers.
- Never light more than one sparkler at a time.
- Never point a sparkler tube toward anyone or any part of your body.
- Keep sparklers and novelty devices in a safe secure location when not in use.
- Never use sparklers when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Always keep an approved fire extinguisher nearby during a display.
- Douse malfunctioning and spent devices with water before discarding to prevent a fire.
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