Police issues firecracker warning

Police warned members of the public Tuesday to take care if using firecrackers, fireworks and other pyrotechnics to see in the New Year and only to buy celebratory explosives from reputable traders.

A statement on the force's Facebook page said: "In order to avoid the pyrotechnics-related accidents, the State Police will step up checks on vendors during the holiday period to make sure they comply with all safety regulations, as well as pay attention to the age limit for the purchase and use of fireworks.

"For those who want to use fireworks during the holidays, the State Police reminds that they should only be purchased in specialized shops of traders who have been granted a license.

In no case should fireworks from individuals selling uncertified products of unknown origin.

"If you have any doubts, you can ask the seller to present their license.
Each pyrotechnic article should list what class of firework it belongs to, which also determines from what age a person can buy and use it." 

Class 1 fireworks can be purchased by people from the age of 14, but Class 2 and 3 fireworks, plus T1 theatrical pyrotechnic articles can only be purchased by persons at least 18 years of age.

"Each pyrotechnic article should be accompanied by instructions for safe use... children should not use fireworks without adult supervision and parents should be mindful of what pyrotechnics are accessible to children and should explain potential hazards."

Police also advise keeping a fore extinguisher on hand and invite members of the public to report any illegal sales of pyrotechnic articles by calling 110.

Meanwhile the State Fore And Rescue Service (VUGD) backed up the police advice and also issued a reminder via Twitter that Christmas trees that have already been indoors for some time are likely to have dried out and become extremely flammable, urging members of the public to be careful with candles.

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