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Cortland Fire Department Urges Safety When Using Newly Approved “Fireworks”

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A recent change in New York State Law now allows for the sale and use of a specific category of consumer fireworks known as Sparkling Devices.

Sparkling Devices are ground based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke.

The law limits the type, size and construction of Sparkling Devices and requires that these devices must be hand held or mounted on a base or spike and be limited in sizes that range from 1 to 500 grams of pyrotechnic composition.

Sale and use of Sparkling Devices is legal in Cortland County including the City of Cortland.

According to a press release, the Cortland Fire Department emphasizes the importance of using these Sparkling Devices in a safe manor.

Some tips to consider:

– Always follow the directions on the packaging
– Only use them outdoors and away from buildings
-Have a Fire Extinguisher or garden hose and water readily available
-Maintain a secure area when lighting Sparklers
-Do not point or aim any sparklers at another person
-Only use sparklers approved for use through a registered NYS retailer
-Above all, use common sense.

The Cortland Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday. By following a few important recommendations, your holiday will be exciting and without injury.

Additional information can be found at: dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/news/sparklingdevices.cfm

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