State Fireplace Marshal presents security ideas forward of Independence Day vacation

State Fire Marshal offers safety tips ahead of Independence Day holiday

The Louisiana State Fireplace Marshal’s Workplace is reminding the general public to be secure forward of the 4th of July vacation weekend.

The State Fireplace Marshal’s Workplace (SFM) is encouraging Louisiana residents to be secure when utilizing fireworks, educated when shopping for them and ready if contemplating attending a public fireworks show throughout this pandemic.

Officers say that in this time they’d ordinarily encourage households to decide on to take pleasure in public fireworks shows over creating their very own. This yr, some occasions have been canceled or altered as a consequence of COVID-19 considerations.

” Within the occasion a public show continues to be being provided in your space, and your loved ones is contemplating attending, we strongly encourage each member of your family to put on face coverings, to offer your personal seating and to make sure that seating is spaced six ft from the closest particular person or group of people,” a launch states.

If your loved ones has, as an alternative, chosen to buy fireworks as a way to keep safer at residence, officers remind the general public that there isn’t any prohibition on the sale of retail fireworks on the state degree on account of COVID-19. Nevertheless, state legislation does nonetheless require wholesale and retail fireworks enterprise operators to be appropriately licensed by the SFM within the parishes and municipalities the place they’re legally allowed.

The gross sales season extends by July 4th.

A retail fireworks enterprise falls underneath the Part 2 steerage for “Purchasing Malls/Retail Shops,” which particulars necessities akin to a most restrict of 50% of the full capability of the construction or tent whereas sustaining a social distance of six ft between staff and clients, in addition to specific sanitation necessities.

The complete steerage may be accessed on

For companies that function with counter gross sales solely, the place fireworks are displayed and bought from behind a counter, necessities embrace sustaining a distance of six ft between clients and the sporting of face masks by staff when interacting with clients. Homeowners must also keep entry handy sanitizer for workers engaged in gross sales which require the dealing with of cash, bank cards, and so forth.

The SFM Workplace supplied the next ideas for these wishing to do their very own fireworks:

  • Detonating units at the very least 200 ft away from buildings, automobiles and garbage
  • By no means permitting kids to mild fireworks
  • By no means working fireworks whereas impaired
  • Lighting units one after the other and monitoring embers launched with a bucket of water or hose close by
  • Discarding detonated gadgets by wetting them down to forestall re-ignition and never disposing of them in a trash container instantly

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