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Posted on: June 28, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Fireworks Safety Tips and Permits


Gallup citizens will again have the opportunity to legally discharge fireworks within city limits over the 4th of July holiday. 

As a reminder a Fireworks Permit is required to light fireworks within city limits. Permits may be purchased for a fee of $15.00 dollars from the City Clerk’s Office located at 110 W. Aztec Ave. A citation of $250.00 may be imposed for person(s) caught discharging fireworks without the required permit.

More than 15,000 fires occur annually due to the mishandling of fireworks, and these fires cause more than $30 million in property damage.

Fireworks are fun and festive, but it’s important to know how to use them safely.

Fire Safety Tips:

·        Fireworks should be used on a flat, firm surface such as the ground or a driveway. Stay away from bushes, grass and trees, or anything else that might catch fire.  Stay away from vehicles.

·         Have a bucket of water and garden hose available for use in case of fire.

·         There should be a responsible adult present when fireworks are being used.

·         After the firework has been used, it should be picked up with a shovel, dropped into a bucket of water and left to soak for several hours before being discarded in the trash.

·         “Duds” or fireworks that did not go off after being lit should be picked up with a shovel and dropped into a bucket of water. You should not try to relight it.

·        If a fire does start because of fireworks, don’t panic. Use the garden hose or bucket of water to put the fire out or prevent it from getting larger. Call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance. 

Here are some safety precautions that homeowners can take to protect their property:

  • Clean your yard of any unnecessary weeds or plant growth. Cut grass and keep watered. Green plants are less likely to burn.
  • Clean any accumulated combustible material, and other dead growth and dispose of properly.
  • Keep a garden hose connected and ready to use in case a fire starts in your yard, even if you are not using fireworks. If you do not have a garden hose to use, a bucket of water on stand-by is a good back up.
  • Keep pets inside in the evening, especially on the 4th of July.
  • Check your property several times during the evening if fireworks are being used in your area. Many times a fire can be detected while it is small and prevented from getting larger

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